Tyne and Wear, covering 208 square miles, is a county in the northeast of England. It comprises five Metropolitan Boroughs, namely North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Gateshead, Sunderland and Newcastle. The county has just over a million residents and is a relatively new county, coming into being in 1974 when the Local Government Act of 1972 was implemented. The county is home to two very important rivers, the Tyne and the Wear, as well as the major road networks of the A1M, which connects the county to the south and to Scotland. Famous for culture, shopping and sport, not to mention the renowned North East spirit, the area will delight and entertain you during your time there. A car hire in Tyne and Wear will help you to maximise your stay in the county, providing you with vehicle rental options at a number of locations nearby. You’ll find these conveniently dotted around the county in Birtley, Sunderland, Gateshead (Team Valley), and Shire Moor (just north of South Shields). Furthermore, there are three locations in Newcastle, as well as the Tyne and Wear Van Centre in West Boldon. There's also an outlet at Newcastle International Airport.