Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

City Is Allowed Back on the Bus

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

City Is Allowed Back on the Bus

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Byline: By Gareth Deighan

Station re-opens

The Haymarket bus station reopened today more than two weeks after it was forced to close because of falling glass.

Part of the glass roof at Newcastle's main bus station fell in on July 17 and a passer-by was hit by fragments of glass.

Two panes broke at different times in the incident and it is believed that around 15 panes of glass are missing from the roof. There have been 20 such incidents within six years.

An inspection found work to reinforce protective sheeting and the net system under the glass roof was progressing well meaning the station was finally opened to the public at 5am.

City council traffic and transport manager Peter Wightman said: "This was always about public safety and we simply could not open the station again if there was going to be any danger to the public.

"We are taking legal action against those in the private sector who were involved in the development of the roof and therefore our hands are tied as to what we will be able to fix in the long term. …

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