Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

PS6m Station Revamp Just the Ticket

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

PS6m Station Revamp Just the Ticket

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Byline: KEIRAN SOUTHERN Reporter Keiran.Southern@trinitymirror.com @@KeiranSouthern

THE PS6m revamp of Newcastle's Central Metro station has been completed. The station, which is used by 5.3m people a year, has undergone a major redevelopment over the last 18 months, with transport bosses saying the station now offers passengers a brighter, cleaner, and more modern Metro station.

Improvements have been made to disabled access, information displays, and waiting facilities.

The station has also undergone a makeover, getting a new-look colour scheme on new, vitreous, enamel panels.

A well-known piece of Metro art work called From the Rivers to the Sea, By Hilary Paynter, which had been located at platform level at Central Metro station, has been moved to a display in the escalator foyer.

The project has been jointly funded, with a PS3.5m contribution from the PS350m Metro All Change modernisation programme, and a PS2.5m grant from the North East Local Enterprise Partnership's Local Growth Fund that helps to support economic asset and infrastructure projects across the North East LEP area.

Councillor Nick Forbes, lead member for Transport on the North East Combined Authority and leader of Newcastle City Council, said: "People in Newcastle now have a regional gateway to be truly proud of. The mainline railway station has already been transformed, and now the Metro station scheme is complete, and it looks fantastic.

"Newcastle Central Metro station now has a vibrant new look that is going to give a great first impression to the millions of visitors we see flocking into the city every year."

Newcastle Central MP Chi Onwurah said: "This key Metro station in our city centre has been completely trans-formed with the active participation of passengers - and my constituents. …

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