The Famous METRO MAP . . .Did that red line not stretch to North Shields?
The evolution of the METRO MAP, from 1969 to the present day.
We are all familiar with the famous 'diagramatic' style Metro Map, on the walls of station platforms, etc. But, we often don't notice the subtle changes that have been made to it, over the years. Mind, some of the changes have not exactly been 'subtle' as the map responded (in the early years of the Metro, particularly) to the ever-expanding system, as new stretches were opened, post 11th August 1980.
Here is a series of route maps, showing most of the 'major' changes . .
1 - 1969 (Pre-system opening) the original Tyneside PTE proposed route, from "Rapid Transit for Tyneside" published by Tyneside PTE
2 - 1971 (still pre-opening) and the 'diagramatic' map first appears. NOTE, the station called 'Osborne', in between West Jesmond and Jesmond stations. This map is from 'Public Transport on Tyneside, a Plan for the People', by Tyneside PTE.
3 - 11th August 1980, the Metro opens and its first public-use map shows that only the 'Haymarket to Tynemouth' (Yellow Line) stretch is open.
4 - April 1981, the 'Haymarket to Bank Foot' stretch (Green Line) opens
5 - October 1981, The Metro bridge opens (Royal opening on 6th November) and the lines extend through Monument (for the first time) and on to Heworth. The 'Red Line' for peak day-time journies, is also added to the map.
6 - 1982, the riverside part of the Yellow Line from Tynemouth, through the second level at Monument, to St James' opens.
7 - 1982, the Green Line is extended from Heworth to South Shields, and the second 'peak day-time' line (the Blue Line) between St James' and North Shields, is added to the map.
8 - 1985, Kingston Park and Pelaw stations are added and a 'mark' for the future Palmersville station can be seen on the map.
9 - 17th November 1991, the line to Newcastle Airport opens and is added to the map, on the Green Line.
10 -In 'early 2000' and the Metro Map shows the 'Sunderland Line' for the first time. The Sunderland extension (The 'South Hylton Line' to be more correct) is in a 'dotted' line, as it was still under construction at that time
11 - The extension to Sunderland opens, and the map changes considerably. The 'sloping line' of the South Gosforth to Gateshead stretch is straightened, the two 'peak time' lines (Red & Blue lines) are gone, they had been removed in the 'Sunderland Line Construction' map (above) but I hadn't been sure if that was just temporary, or not. Now we know. Also, it is the yellow line that diverts off at Pelaw, down to South Hylton, not yet (at this date) the green line.
12 - In the 'latest' map, it can be seen that they have recently re-introduced the SLOPING LINE of the central section of the map, BUT this time it is sloping the 'other way' ! Also, it is now the green line (Airport line) that diverts off to South Hylton at Pelaw, not the yellow line (Coast line) as shown previously.