New South Shields Station

Discussion in 'Other Public Transport' started by Scott M, 30 Jul 2019.

  1. Scott M

    Scott M Member

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    New South Shields station is looking nice. Metro allowed a photographer inside, and their photos have now been published here: https://www.facebook.com/southshields360com

    On a more negative note, noticing tramps approaching people at ticket machines trying to sell used tickets is becoming a lot more prevalent, especially at the core stations. A lot of them are quite pushy too and will not take no for an answer. I wonder if Nexus know this is becoming a problem.
     
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  3. jkkne

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    Said tramps being on the trains is even more of a problem of late (often accompanied by a can of Fosters)

    £21m doesn't even seem to buy you a roof over the platform for your passengers, it's a good job Shields has such a balmy climate!
     
  4. Paul_10

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    Yep I actually don't think the platform area is all that much of an improvement at all really although no doubt the esculators are a welcome addition.

    The bus station looks a huge improvement though and hopefully should be a better environment to be in on those cold wet and windy nights.
     
  5. jkkne

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    Finally made the trip along at the weekend to see what Nexus are calling the best station in the land...

    It’s very very white and somewhat clinical. There’s a lot of wasted space at the top of the escalators and a lack of seating, lots of those horrible metro metal benches.

    There’s no toilets at all which is a surprise, even stations like Four Lane Ends have the 20p toilets.

    There’s no management of the barriers when a train arrives meaning you’ve no hope getting through until all passengers have tapped out.

    There’s a new Greggs opening soon...the 352nd in South Shields.

    The Metro timetable boards don’t work.

    It’s certainly a huge improvement for bus passengers- unless you want to walk to the market with limited mobility- not sure for metro users. The lack of platform roof astounds me.
     
  6. trainophile

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    I was there this morning, and there were three or four staff around the barriers, so I don't think beggars would have much of a chance. Yesterday evening I popped in too, (hoping to buy today's ticket but was told I could only do so on the day of travel, which also seems a bit absurd). There were two official looking staff members in the concourse then too.

    Seems crazy to build a big new complex like that without any toilets. There's none on the Metro trains obviously, so it's a sprint to Morrisons or Asda if you're in need before or after travelling, which is not recommended with luggage.

    Only three ticket machines, must be a bit chaotic at peak times.
     

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