Bede Metro Station :: Shared Description

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Bede is a Tyne and Wear Metro station, serving the town of Jarrow, South Tyneside in Tyne and Wear. It joined the network on 24 March 1984, following the opening of the fifth phase of the network, between Heworth and South Shields.

The station is named after the Venerable Bede – a monk who established the nearby St. Paul's Monastery during the seventh century.

Unlike nearby Hebburn and Jarrow, which were converted from former British Rail stations, Bede was purpose-built for Tyne and Wear Metro network in the early 1980s.

Bede serves an area consisting mainly of industrial estates, with the station located adjacent to the J. Barbour and Sons clothing factory. The station also serves the 1st Cloud Arena, the home ground of South Shields F.C. This makes Bede one of eight stations on the network that serves a sports ground, with others being Bank Foot and Kingston Park (Kingston Park), Callerton Parkway (Druid Park), Gateshead Stadium (Gateshead International Stadium), Stadium of Light and St. Peter's (Stadium of Light), and St. James (St. James's Park).

Bede is situated at the start of the double track section towards South Shields. About 3⁄4 mi (1.2 km) west of the station is St. Bede's Junction, the site of the 1915 rail crash in which 18 people were killed, when a South Shields to Newcastle passenger train crashed into a banking engine.

In March 2020, the Government announced a £103 million scheme, known as Metro Flow, during the 2020 Budget. From September 2022, the project will see three sections of single line between Pelaw and Bede converted to dual use, with the existing freight-only line electrified, and re-designed to operate using a similar system to the shared line between Pelaw and Sunderland. This will also allow the possibility of the construction of a long planned station between Pelaw and Hebburn.

The station was used by 133,215 passengers in 2017–18, making it the fourth-least-used station on the network, after Pallion (92,060), St. Peter's (107,887) and Bank Foot (109,284).

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by Andrew Curtis
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NZ3464 : Bede Metro Station (Platform 2) from Monksway by Andrew Curtis
NZ3464 : Bede Metro Station (Platform 1) by Andrew Curtis
NZ3464 : 'Convergence', Bede Metro Station by Andrew Curtis

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Created: Sun, 29 Nov 2015, Updated: Sun, 29 Nov 2015

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