A MUSICAL Metro journey has been mapped out.
Passengers can take a trip of a different kind after Jonny Gray created a sound-based guide to the Tyne and Wear Transport System in which users can listen to songs by different Wearside-bred artists.
The South Hylton station in Sunderland is signalled by Kenickie’s I Would Fix You, while The Futureheads’ hit tune The Beginning of the Twist represents The Stadium of Light stop on the light railway network.
Field Music’s Them That Do Nothing is in place of St Peter’s and Renaissance Kid by the Golden Virgins is the Pallion station.
Dave Stewart, Frankie & The Heartstrings, Leatherface, The Toy Dolls and Washington-born Bryan Ferry are also included.
Stations in Gateshead and Newcastle are also covered, with Ant and Dec (Byker), Cheryl Cole (Walkergate) and Jimmy Nail (Palmersville) featuring on the design.
And just a few days after setting up a website featuring the map, social media has been sent into a frenzy, with Frankie and the Heartstrings frontman Frankie Francis already tweeting his approval and saying he would be interested in selling poster versions of the maps in the band’s pop-up music store in Fawcett Street.
“I’ve tried to place the artists as close to the Metro stops they are from as I can,” said Jonny.
“I’ve had a bit of fun with it and people seem to be using it as a bit of a time waster. It’s very simple and easy to use.”
Jonny says he took inspiration for the map from a similar creation based on the London Underground system.
He says he has been stunned by how popular the map is proving. “I didn’t anticipate there being such a big reaction to it,” said the 32-year-old, who is married to Castletown girl Kay.
“I’d been working on it in my head for about a week and it took another week in my spare time to set it up.
“I’m amazed at the number of people who have looked at it already and the feedback has been great.”
l To see Jonny’s map go to www.twmetromusic.com or search for Tyne and Wear Metro Music Map on Facebook.