Northumberland Park Metro station

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Northumberland Park
Tyne and Wear Metro station
Northumberland Park Metro station, Tyne & Wear (geograph 4235740).jpg
Location Northumberland Park, North Tyneside
England
Coordinates 55°01′59″N1°31′11″W / 55.0331107°N 1.5198212°W / 55.0331107; -1.5198212 Coordinates: 55°01′59″N1°31′11″W / 55.0331107°N 1.5198212°W / 55.0331107; -1.5198212
Grid reference NZ307710
Transit authority Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive
Platforms2
Tracks2
Construction
Parking393 spaces
Bicycle facilities
  • 5 cycle lockers
  • 5 cycle pods
Disabled accessStep-free access to platform level
Other information
Station codeNPK
Fare zoneB
History
Original company Tyne and Wear Metro
Key dates
11 December 2005Opened
Passengers
2017/180.31 million [1]
Services
Preceding station Tyne Wear Metro logo.svg Metro Following station
Palmersville
towards South Shields
Yellow Line Shiremoor
towards St. James via  Whitley Bay
Location
Tyne and Wear UK location map.svg
Red pog.svg
Northumberland Park
Location in Tyne and Wear, England

Northumberland Park is a Tyne and Wear Metro station, serving the village of Backworth and suburbs of Northumberland Park and West Allotment, North Tyneside in Tyne and Wear. It joined the network on 11 December 2005.

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History

The station is located to the west of the site of the former Backworth station, which closed to passengers on 13 June 1977. [2] The station was indirectly replaced by the nearby Shiremoor, which was purpose-built for the network, and opened on 10 August 1980.

Northumberland Park is located a short walk away from the nearby Cobalt Business Park, which can be also reached using Go North East's 19 bus. This route also serves Silverlink Retail Park, Royal Quays and the Shields Ferry.

The station was used by 311,714 passengers in 2017–18, making it the fifth-least-used station in North Tyneside.

Facilities

Step-free access is available at all stations across the Tyne and Wear Metro network, with a lift providing step-free access to the island platform at Northumberland Park. The station is equipped with ticket machines, sheltered waiting area, seating, next train information displays, timetable posters, and an emergency help point. Ticket machines are able to accept payment with credit and debit card (including contactless payment), notes and coins. [3] [4] The station is also fitted with smartcard validators, which feature at all stations across the network. [5] [6]

The station serves as a park and ride, and is served by a multi-storey car park with 393 spaces, plus 12 accessible spaces. There is also the provision for cycle parking, with 5 cycle lockers and 5 cycle pods available for use. A small bus interchange is also available at the station, providing frequent connections in and around North Tyneside and south east Northumberland. [7]

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. Additional services operate between Pelaw and Monkseaton at peak times. [8]

Rolling stock used: Class 994 Metrocar

Future developments

As of April 2021, plans are under development to reintroduce a passenger rail service between Newcastle and Ashington, as part of the Northumberland Line project. [9] [10] The proposed passenger service would utilise the existing single-track freight line which parallels the Metro's Yellow Line between Benton Junction and the site of Backworth Junction, just to the east of Northumberland Park station. It is anticipated that a new National Rail platform will be added adjacent to the current Metro station to create an interchange. [11]

After several rounds of feasibility and design studies, the Department for Transport allocated an initial grant of £1.5 million towards the project costs in January 2020 [12] which was supplemented by an allocation of £10 million of funds from Northumberland County Council the following month. [13] This funding enabled the designated contractor, AECOM, to begin detailed on-site ground investigation works in October 2020. [14] The allocation of a further £34 million of UK Government funding for the project in January 2021 enables the necessary land to be purchased, detailed designs to be prepared and some early preparatory and site works to begin. [15] The UK Government is expected to fund the remainder of the project cost, estimated at £166 million as of January 2021, once the final phase of design works are complete. [16]

A planning application for the new National Rail station was submitted to North Tyneside Borough Council on 2 February 2021. [17] The submitted planning documents indicate that the station will have a single platform, located on the north side of Network Rail track, [18] which is designed to accommodate a four-car train. [19] It will be provided with two waiting shelters [19] and, like the Metro station, it will be accessed from Algernon Drive via stairs and a lift. [18]

It is anticipated that the main construction phase might begin as early as June 2022, [13] enabling an opening date in 2024. [16]

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