Work has started to refurbish Walkergate Metro station in Newcastle, including the installation of a new passenger lift for the first time.
It is the 11th station since 2010 to see major refurbishment delivered by Nexus as part of the £389m Metro: all change refurbishment programme.
At the same time Nexus, which owns and manages Metro, is starting the refurbishment of lifts at two other Newcastle stations – St James and Regent Centre.
Raymond Johnstone, Director of Rail and Infrastructure at Nexus, said: “Our station refurbishment programme is focussed on improving accessibility first.
“These important projects will ensure that we maintain and improve Metro’s record as a system that is easy to use whatever your needs, as well as providing a more attractive waiting environment.
“Walkergate has a steep ramp to Platform One which was built long before Metro was opened, and which can best be replaced by a lift because of the station’s local setting.”
Nexus is building a temporary access route and staircase to Platform One so that the station can remain open while building work is carried out over the next six months. This will be in use from the end of September.
Information has been posted at the station and sent to local business and schools advising of the change. There will be limited evening platform closures later in the project, which is being delivered by contrctor Balfour Beatty for Nexus.
Work to replace lifts at St James and Regent Centre, delivered by contractor Kone, will continue until November. One platform lift will remain open at each station.