Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, has begun a major new phase in the multi-million pound redevelopment of North Shields Metro station, with work underway on the new-look ticket concourse.
The development work at North Shields has so far been focussed on demolition work and foundations. Work to demolish the old ticket concourse is due to commence on August 22.
However, Nexus is now beginning to put in place the steel work for the new station building. North Shields station will remain open to passengers during the work apart from some weekend full station closures and platform closures to allow for resurfacing.
This weekend, August 20-21, will see a large crane on site lift steelwork into place. The work means that Railway and Terrace and Nile Street will be closed to traffic over the weekend.
The work is part of the £385m Metro: all change modernisation programme, which will see the network upgraded over the next 11 years, including new tracks, modernised stations and refurbished trains.
Rebuilding North Shields station is a complex project which will deliver significant benefit to the town centre and local community. The work is on course for completion in the Spring of 2012.
The work at North Shields, which is used by two million passengers a year, is a multi-million pound project. The new station will have a bigger and better concourse building, lifts to platforms for the first time and an eye-catching new look with ‘floating wave’ canopies above platforms.
The new station will also have ticket barriers, to control fraud and anti-social behaviour, and new ticket machines accepting notes, cards and a new ‘smartcard’ ticket system.
Director of Rail and Infrastructure for Nexus, Ken Mackay, said: “We are now in a major new phase of the project at North Shields Metro station, with building work underway on the new-look ticket concourse.
“Passengers can expect the new station to now gradually take shape. It will be a vast improvement on what was there before and will be a wonderful gateway into the town centre.
“The redevelopment of North Shields is a major project in a residential area, with a fair proportion of the work happening at night. I would like to thank local residents for their ongoing patience while our contractors progress the work. It’s short term pain for long term gain.”
More than 14,000 passengers a day use the line between Tynemouth and Byker. Most of the route was first used as a railway in 1838, making it one of oldest commuter lines in the world.
The principal contractor carrying out the work at North Shields Metro station is May Gurney.