Nexus to give Blaydon Interchange a £95,000 facelift.

Bus station.
4 March 2009

Blaydon bus interchange is to get a £95,000 facelift this spring by Nexus.

New shelters, information boards and fences are to be fitted at the interchange in a six week programme of work starting on 16 March.

There will also be more seating areas and plans for new energy-efficient LED lighting to create brighter more passenger-friendly places to wait.

The interchange, used by hundreds of thousands of passengers every year, is right next to Blaydon shopping centre.

It is a busy change point for the many bus routes serving communities in west Gateshead and the lower Tyne Valley.

Ken Kemp, Nexus Services and Integration Director, said: “We’re investing in better waiting facilities at Blaydon – it’s a welcome facelift just over 10 years after we built the current interchange.

“There will be new shelters at each of the stands and better displays – buses are getting better and so are the waiting facilities Nexus provides.”

Up to 20 buses an hour connect Blaydon with Newcastle City Centre during peak hours – including Go North East’s flagship 10 service with air-conditioned low-emission Mercedes vehicles

There are also frequent buses to MetroCentre and Gateshead town centre, Ryton, Crawcrook, Greenside, Winlaton, Prudhoe and beyond.

This year Blaydon had grown in popularity as a park-and-ride site as commuters turn to bus to avoid the worst traffic jams around road works on the Redheugh Bridge.

Nexus has planned the work to keep disruption to passengers to a minimum.

The interchange will stay open throughout with buses calling at alternative stands while work takes place. Details will be displayed on posters.

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