AS PART of a public art project by Michael Pinsky, signs at Wallsend station on the Tyne & Wear Metro have been translated into Latin. Around 1 900 years ago, Wallsend was the site of a fort at the eastern end of Hadrian’s Wall, marking the northernmost limit of the Roman Empire.

In co-operation with local public transport authoruty Nexus, the signs were translated from English by Professor Donald Hill of Newcastle University. Examples include noli fumare (no smoking), locus ubi necesse est tesseram tenere (compulsory ticket area), and vomitorium (exit). Fortunately for nearby residents, Nexus decided that the signs should be bilingual.