Monument Metro station

Monument Metro station
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Mobile phones can be used at Monument and other underground stations
Place Newcastle City Centre
Local authority Newcastle
Fare zone information
Network One zone 1
Metro zone A
Original (1979) zone 26
Station code MMT
Platforms 4
Metro Usage 2008-09[1] 6.0 million
Opened 15 November 1981
Platforms 1 & 2
14 November 1982
Platforms 3 & 4
Tyne and Wear Metro
List of Tyne and Wear Metro stations
For the London Underground station see Bank and Monument stations

Monument is a principal station on the underground section of the Tyne and Wear Metro system and is used by almost 6 million passengers per year[2]. It is named after Grey's Monument, which stands directly above the station. It is the only station on the Tyne and Wear Metro that is situated at a line crossing.

The station opened with services from two of its four platforms (1 and 2) on 15 November 1981, when the Metro was extended south from its temporary terminus at Haymarket to Heworth. The remaining two platforms (3 and 4) came into use when services between St James and Tynemouth commenced on 14 November 1982. Platforms 1 and 2 lie below 3 and 4, at right angles.

It is only one of two stations in the world where the same metro line passes through it twice in a pretzel configuration (the other being Commercial–Broadway Station on the Vancouver SkyTrain). Trains on the Yellow line from South Shields travel north through the station towards Jesmond, Four Lane Ends and the Coast, and return westwards via Wallsend and Manors towards St James. (A similar situation also existed briefly on the Toronto Subway.)

The ticket hall opens directly into the lowest level of Monument Mall, and has a more indirect underground connection to Eldon Square Shopping Centre, as well as exits to Blackett Street and Grey Street.

Station art

The station features some art installations. By one of the entrances is a mural Famous Faces [3] created by Bob Olley. It features a number of famous people from the North East, looking out of the window of a Metro train. This is mentioned on the song "By the Monument" by the band Maxïmo Park who grew up in the area.

Outside the station, a simple ventilation shaft has been disguised by Parsons Polygon. [4] Created by David Hamilton as a tribute to Sir Charles Parsons. It is made from clay and features abstract designs based on Parsons' engineering drawings.


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Coordinates: 54°58′25″N 1°36′47″W / 54.9737°N 1.6131°W / 54.9737; -1.6131

Preceding station   Tyne and Wear Metro   Following station
towards St James via the Coast
Yellow line
towards Airport
Green line
towards South Hylton
Yellow line

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