Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, has successfully completed work to install new passenger lifts at three of its busiest stations in time for the Christmas rush.
The new lifts have been installed at Gateshead Interchange and Monument and Central Station in the heart of Newcastle as part of the £300m Metro: All Change programme.
Work on the final phase at Central Station was completed on Thursday, November 19.
A total of six passenger lifts are being replaced on the Metro system this year in a project worth £1m. Other Metro stations to get new lifts include South Shields and two at Chichester station on South Tyneside.
All of the lifts were ageing and needed to be replaced. The new lifts are cleaner, quieter and are fitted with CCTV cameras to improve security and clampdown on vandalism.
Director General of Nexus, Bernard Garner, said: “It was vital that we got this work done ahead of the Christmas rush and I’m pleased to say that we’ve done that. Metro has a huge role to play supporting retailers and transporting shoppers at this time of year.
“When carrying out projects we always aim to minimise disruption to our passengers, especially in the lead up to the festive period when Metro gets much busier than usual.
“The new lifts we have installed are just the beginning of an exciting period of modernisation through our £300m Metro all change programme.”
The £300m Metro: All Change programme which will see Metro stations and trains modernised and millions spent on renewing track, overhead lines, communications and technology systems, bridges, tunnels and other structures.