The Tyne and Wear Metro light rail system is 40 years old today.
The The Tyne & Wear Metro system opened on this day in 1980. The network was opened in stages between 1980 and 1984 with the trains running on a mixture of old railway routes and new track to bespoke stations.
|A Tyne & Wear Metro train crossing the Queen Elizabeth II bridge in Newcastle upon Tyne|
The first route to open was Haymarket to Tynemouth.
|A Tyne & Wear Metro service heading into Newcastle from Byker|
Street art on the Tyne & Wear Metro
We were in Newcastle and Gateshead for the World Transplant Games
last year and while in the area went Space Invader hunting
. Three of the mosaic tile pieces by the French street artist Invader can be found at Gateshead Interchange Tyne & Wear Metro station.
|Space Invader NCL_21 downstairs in Gateshead Interchange metro station|
|A closer look at Invader NCL_21|
|NCL_19 is above ground at Gateshead Interchange|
|Invader NCL_20 is deep underground at Gateshead Interchange|
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