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Tyne and Wear Metro

The Tyne and Wear Metro is a metro system in Tyne and Wear in north-east England, which opened in 1980.

It has two lines

  1. linking Newcastle Airport via Newcastle city centre, Gateshead, Jarrow to South Shields
  2. linking Newcastle city centre to North Shields, Whitley Bay, then looping back on itself and going south via the city centre again to Gateshead, the Stadium of Light, Sunderland and South Hylton

It is a light rail system and runs mainly overground on disused mainline tracks, but includes underground sections in Newcastle and Gateshead. The extension to Sunderland opened in 2002. A further expansions to Seaham is planned.