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21 July 2014

Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising the Tyne and Wear Metro, has completed a project to greatly improve the quality of the lighting at Gateshead Interchange Metro concourse.

The Metro concourse, ticket hall and platforms at Gateshead have been fitted with brighter and more energy efficient light bulbs.

This has dramatically improved the quality of the lighting, boosting the appearance of the station and creating a more secure waiting environment for passengers.

The new lighting was officially switched on by Gateshead MP Ian Mearns.

The work has been carried out as part of the £389m Metro all change modernisation programme, a Government-funded project to transform the Metro system over 11 years.

Director General of Nexus, Bernard Garner, said: “We have invested in a new generation of brighter, greener and more efficient lighting for our Metro stations.

“This is better for the environment as it reduces Metro’s carbon footprint. It also dramatically improves the quality of the passenger waiting areas, particularly at stations like Gateshead, which is below ground. Better lighting always helps to create a more secure feel to Metro waiting areas.

“As part of our station modernisation programme all of the stations on the system will be getting new lighting installed.”

Gateshead MP, Ian Mearns, said: “As a frequent user of the Metro, I am delighted that the lighting at Gateshead Interchange is being improved. Not only is this better for the people of Gateshead but it is also better for the environment.”