The core section of the Metro through Newcastle is the line between Gosforth and Pelaw. This section of line is made up of two sections of former British Rail suburban lines, linked by a tunnel under Newcastle City Centre.
Green line (Airport–Sunderland) and Yellow line (St. James–South Shields via the Tyne Coast) services combine to provide a 6-minute frequency. In peak hours this rises to a train every 3 minutes, with the through services supplemented by Regent Centre/Monkseaton–Pelaw short workings. The line is double track throughout.
Some of the stations on the overground sections of this route are converted from former main line railway stations, including South Gosforth, West Jesmond and Felling. Other stations were constructed for the Metro, including Ilford Road, Gateshead Stadium, Heworth, Pelaw and the underground stations at Jesmond, Haymarket, Monument, Central and Gateshead.
by simon schofield