The Princess Royal has officially opened Newcastle's redeveloped Haymarket Metro station.
Princess Anne rode on the Metro from Jesmond before unveiling a commemorative plaque.
She was cheered by 50 flag-waving children from Walkergate Primary School as she cut a ribbon to declare the station open.
Chairman of the Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority David Wood said the visit was a great honour.
He said: "The station has been transformed and is now a fabulous gateway into the centre of Newcastle."
The princess chatted to a busker and representatives from Metro operator Nexus, civic dignitaries and passengers while at the opening.
The project has seen the Haymarket station rebuilt, with a retail and leisure hub replacing the existing station structure, which first opened to passengers in 1980 when the Tyne and Wear Metro first started running.
Nexus has secured £350m from the government to modernise the Metro system, including stations and trains.
The Haymarket scheme, which was privately funded, will serve as a blueprint for other Metro station redevelopments in the future.