Howdon Metro station

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Howdon
Tyne and Wear Metro station
Howdon Metro Station (geograph 5375692).jpg
Location Howdon, North Tyneside
England
Coordinates 54°59′45″N1°29′39″W / 54.9959066°N 1.4941598°W / 54.9959066; -1.4941598 Coordinates: 54°59′45″N1°29′39″W / 54.9959066°N 1.4941598°W / 54.9959066; -1.4941598
Grid reference NZ324669
Transit authority Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive
Platforms2
Tracks2
Construction
Bicycle facilities5 cycle pods
Disabled accessStep-free access to platform level
Other information
Station codeHOW
Fare zoneB
History
Original company Newcastle and North Shields Railway
Pre-grouping North Eastern Railway
Post-grouping
Key dates
18 June 1839Opened as Howdon
1 December 1875Renamed Howdon-on-Tyne
11 August 1980Closed for conversion
14 November 1982Reopened as Howdon
Passengers
2017/180.38 million [1]
Services
Preceding station Tyne Wear Metro logo.svg Metro Following station
Percy Main
towards South Shields via  Whitley Bay
Yellow Line Hadrian Road
towards St James
Location
Tyne and Wear UK location map.svg
Red pog.svg
Howdon
Location in Tyne and Wear, England

Howdon is a Tyne and Wear Metro station, serving the suburb of Howdon, North Tyneside in Tyne and Wear, England. It joined the network on 14 November 1982, following the opening of the fourth phase of the network, between Tynemouth and St James via Wallsend.

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History

The station was opened on 22 June 1839 by the Newcastle and North Shields Railway. [2] This later became part of the North Tyneside Loop, served by the North Eastern Railway. On 1 December 1875, the station was renamed Howdon-on-Tyne, to prevent it being confused with a station of a similar name station in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Following closure for conversion in the early 1980s, the station was demolished and almost entirely re-built. Only the eastbound platform (trains towards Whitley Bay), clearly identifiable by its stone construction, remained from the original station. The westbound platform was re-built and sited on the opposite side of the level crossing on Howdon Lane, creating a staggered platform arrangement.

A pedestrian subway was built to allow passengers to cross the line, however, it does not have ramps for improved wheelchair or pushchair access. The North Eastern Railway footbridge was removed, and is now located at Goathland on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. [3]

The station was refurbished in 2011, along with nearby Meadow Well. The refurbishment project involved the installation of white vitreous enamel panels, new seating and lighting, and improved security and accessibility, as well as resurfaced platforms. The station was also pained in to the new black and white corporate colour scheme. [4]

Facilities

Step-free access is available at all stations across the Tyne and Wear Metro network, with ramps providing step-free access to both platforms at Howdon. The station is equipped with ticket machines, waiting shelter, seating, next train information displays, timetable posters, and an emergency help point on both platforms. Ticket machines are able to accept payment with credit and debit card (including contactless payment), notes and coins. [5] [6] The station is also fitted with smartcard validators, which feature at all stations across the network. [7] [8]

There is no dedicated car parking available at the station. There is the provision for cycle parking, with 5 cycle pods available for use. [9]

Services

As of April 2021, the station is served by up to 5 trains per hour on weekdays and Saturday, and up to 4 trains per hour during the evening and on Sunday. [10]

Rolling stock used: Class 994 Metrocar

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References

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