Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, has completed a £350,000 refurbishment scheme at Tyne Dock Metro station in South Tyneside - improving the access for passengers with disabilities.
The work has brought Tyne Dock up to modern standards of disabled access and provided passengers with a better waiting environment, with improved seating and lighting for the 646,000 passengers who use the station every year.
The revamp formed part of the £350m Metro all change modernisation programme.
Managing Director of Nexus, Tobyn Hughes, said: “Improving our Metro stations is an integral part of our £350m modernisation programme.
“The work at Tyne Dock station is similar to the work we have already carried out at other suburban Metro stations by improving accessibility for passengers with disabilities.
“New seating and new lighting vastly improves the waiting environment for our customers.”
Cllr Mark Walsh, Lead Member for Housing and Transport at South Tyneside Council, said: “South Tyneside Council welcomes the completion of the work to improve the accessibility of Tyne Dock Metro station.
Public transport is a real lifeline for many people and the Metro plays a vital role in connecting our residents to jobs, services and facilities. These improvements help ensure Metro is safe and accessible to all.”
Dual handrails, tactile paving, anti-slip surfacing on the stairs and on the platforms have been installed.
New seating, which includes benches and perched seats, and LED lighting have been installed.
All of the works delivered ‘in-house’ by the Nexus Capital Delivery team as this has proved the most cost effective approach.
Nexus has already completed modernisation work at Jarrow, Hebburn and Bede stations on the Metro line through South Tyneside.
And work is ongoing on a brand new £21m bus and Metro in South Shields town centre.
The interchange, which will be located on Fowler Street and Keppel Street, is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2019. Part of the funding for the development is coming from the £350m Metro all change modernisation programme.