Haymarket Metro station

Haymarket Metro station is a station on the Tyne and Wear Metro in the north of the city centre of Newcastle upon Tyne. Like the other stations in the city centre, its platforms are located underground. The station is used by approximately six million passengers every year.[2]

Tyne & Wear Metro
PlaceNewcastle City Centre
Local authorityNewcastle
WGS8454.9774°N 1.6139°W / 54.9774; -1.6139
Fare zone information
Network One zone1
Metro zoneA
Original (1979) zone26
Station codeHAY
Metro Usage3.22[1] million
  • 11 August 1980 (1980-08-11)
  • as terminus
  • 15 November 1981
  • for through services
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It is the nearest station to Newcastle University, Northumbria University's City Campus West, the Civic Centre, and the major shopping area that surrounds Northumberland Street. It is also adjacent to Haymarket bus station. It is the deepest station on the Metro system; the old staircase had 105 steps. The station also has underground rooms, restricted from the public, which contain archives and various historical documents.


The station was the terminus of the Metro system when the first stage from Haymarket to Tynemouth opened on 11 August 1980. Empty trains reversed using the trailing crossover between here and Monument. However, this was a temporary measure, as the system was extended southwards through the city centre to Heworth the following year. A number of buildings housing a Greenwood's clothes store, Nobles amusement arcade and the old Tatler cinema were demolished to make way for the station.[3]

Station rebuild

In August 2006, final plans for the complete reconstruction of the station, costing £20 million, were released.[4] Initial plans for a £9 million facelift for the station had previously been announced in 2004.[5] While work took place between 2007 and 2009 the station was closed at 19:45 Sunday to Thursday, but this restriction was lifted in September 2009. Nexus states £5 million of the total cost is being spent improving the station area for Metro passengers, including replacing two escalators and installing a new third escalator where there were previously stairs. The work on the station area was finished in late 2009.[6]

Tolent Construction was appointed as contractor for the project headed by the development vehicle, 42nd Street Haymarket Hub. This is a joint venture company, owned 50% by Tolent, 33% by 42nd Street Realty Ltd and 17% by Closegate.[7] Initially there had been plans to call the building and station the Haymarket Hub,[8] however this now appears just to be the name of the building, with the station's Haymarket name remaining. Reid Jubb Brown were architects, with Arup as consulting engineers. Newcastle-based creative communications agency Gardiner Richardson and artist Lothar Goetz, a lecturer at Sunderland University, worked on passenger areas. Gardiner Richardson's work centred on updating Metro brand elements in the station, including the colour palette and signage, and Nexus sees this as a blueprint for other station modernisations within its £300 million Metro: All Change modernisation programme. Lothar Goetz created an artwork 'Canon' using different coloured vitreous enamel panels in the concourse, escalator shaft and platform areas.

Aside from the Nexus TravelShop, Haymarket also includes other retail outlets including a Ladbrokes and Halifax.

The building was nominated for the 2009 Carbuncle Cup,[9] but was not completed in time to be considered. It was however one of six buildings to be shortlisted for the 2010 Carbuncle Cup.[10]

The Princess Royal officially opened Haymarket station on 29 March 2010 after riding on the Metro system from Jesmond.[11][12]


  1. "Tyne & Wear Metro usage figures". 2017–2018. Retrieved 21 August 2019.
  2. "Dramatic new look for Haymarket Metro station revealed" (Press release). Nexus. 9 May 2008. Archived from the original on 20 November 2008. Retrieved 28 June 2008. Haymarket is used by around six million Metro passengers every year and is one of the busiest stations in the north of England. The design features new curved walls and ceilings creating a more open, brighter and better waiting environment. The white panels are interspersed with striking bands of colour introduced by an artist working alongside the architects and civil engineers. And distinctive parts of Metro’s brand identity are preserved – with the giant ‘Haymarket’ station name given a fresh new look and the unique Calvert typeface for signs retained.
  3. "Metro's new landmark at Haymarket takes shape". Nexus. 6 January 2009. Retrieved 8 January 2009.
  4. "Nexus welcomes £20m facelift at Haymarket Metro station" (Press release). Nexus. 18 August 2006. Archived from the original on 4 June 2007. Retrieved 11 February 2007. The scheme is being carried out by a consortium, 42nd Street Hub, made up of the Newcastle-based Closegate Developments and Tolent Construction who are paying for the work - and this means an exciting new landmark for Metro delivered with very little cost to taxpayers or passengers. The scheme involved the demolition of the original 1980 Haymarket station, providing station and retail space on the street level with commercial space on four floor levels above, which includes a mezzanine floor area.
  5. "£9m new look for Haymarket Metro". Evening Chronicle. Newcastle upon Tyne: Trinity Mirror. 6 April 2003. Retrieved 10 December 2008.
  6. "Haymarket continues to go up in the world". Nexus. 29 April 2008. Archived from the original on 4 August 2008. Retrieved 17 November 2008.
  7. "Tolent PLC - Preliminary Results" (Press release). Reuters. 6 March 2008. Archived from the original on 11 September 2012. Retrieved 10 December 2008.
  8. "Massive investment for Haymarket metro station". Nexus. 5 April 2004. Archived from the original on 2 June 2008. Retrieved 8 January 2009.
  9. Building Design magazine
  10. Building Design magazine
  11. "Princess Royal set to open Haymarket Metro". Evening Chronicle. Newcastle upon Tyne: Trinity Mirror. 29 January 2010. Retrieved 29 January 2010.
  12. "Princess Anne officially opens Metro station revamp". BBC News. BBC. 29 March 2010. Retrieved 29 March 2010.
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