two men at walkergate station
30 June 2014

Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, has completed a major refurbishment project at Walkergate Metro station in Newcastle, including a passenger lift at the station for the first time.

The new lift provides Walkergate station with vastly improved access, especially for passengers with disabilities.

The improvements also include double height hand rails, anti-slip surfacing, new seating and improved lighting.

The station has been rebranded in line with the new, more modern Metro colour scheme, similar to works which have taken place at other stations including Wallsend and South Gosforth.

The work has been carried out as part of the £389m Metro all change modernisation programme, an 11 year Government-funded project to provide the Metro system with refurbished stations, trains and new infrastructure.

Director of Finance and Resources for Nexus, John Fenwick, said: “Improving accessibility is at the heart of our Metro station refurbishment programme.

“The new lift at Walkergate replaces a very steep ramp into platform one which was built long before Metro was opened. A lift at this location was the best solution because of the station’s local setting.

“The station has been given a much brighter, more modern feel, in line with other station renewal projects on the Metro system.”

The completion of the refurbishment project at Walkergate station was marked by a visit from the Member of Parliament for Newcastle East, Nick Brown MP.

He said: “This major refurbishment and upgrade is a statement of confidence in Walkergate and the East End of Newcastle. This commitment to our area had to be justified to Ministers and Treasury Officials when the programme was originally agreed. It’s good to see the results of a lot of hard work bringing these welcome benefits to our community.”

Walkergate Metro station runs along the route of the former Newcastle to North Shields railway, which this year marked its 175th anniversary.