Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

PS8m Plan to Revamp Metro at Central Station

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

PS8m Plan to Revamp Metro at Central Station

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Byline: Michael Brown Reporter

METRO bosses have revealed plans for an PS8m, year-long refurbishment of Newcastle's Central Station.

The work could see new escalators added, the ceiling of the ticket hall raised, new "next train" information boards and a complete renovation of the platforms.

But the project - which Nexus hopes to start in the first half of 2015, though it does not yet have all the funding for it - could also mean shutting the station at 8pm five nights a week, and some all-day closures, meaning disruption for passengers. South Shields and the further modernisation of Sunderland," said Bernard Garner, the director general of Nexus.

"Our designs for Central Station are aimed at improving accessibility and the whole passenger experience, creating an environment to match what we have delivered at Haymarket and the platforms at Sunderland.

"We are working closely with Newcastle City Council and East Coast with our project following on from improvements now being made in the national rail station and surrounding highways.

"We are interested to hear the views of local stakeholders and passengers on these plans, and how well they meet the needs of future station users, the city and region. This will help us complete a final design."

Nexus says that, while some of the work above can be funded through its existing "All Change" modernisation scheme, external funding from the Single Local Growth Fund would be needed to allow for all of the proposed improvements. Without the extra cash it would be unable to improve the platforms, install the improving lighting, upgrade passenger information displays or lay replacement flooring. So to find out what passengers think of the plans - and what parts of them should be a priority - Nexus has launched a 12-week public consultation, which runs until March 28.

Drop-in events, where travellers can view the plans and provide feedback, are to be held on Thursday, February 27, from 10am to 2pm at The Centurion pub in Central Station, and on Tuesday, March 4, from 8am to 11am, then 3pm to 6pm on the Central Station ticket concourse. …

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