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Newcastle Central station to get £8.6m refurbishment

Designs for Newcastle Central station’s redevelopment have been published, detailing how the £8.6m project will transform the station to become a gateway to the city.

In partnership with Network Rail, East Coast plans to pedestrianise and glaze the station’s front portico, double the amount of retail space, deliver an improved travel centre, toilet facilities and clearer signage, as well as increased covered cycle storage space and a simpler layout.

Work is due to begin in May and will be complete next April. The project is funded by the DfT’s Station Commercial Project Facility fund and the station will remain open throughout the refurbishment.

East Coast stations and property director Tim Hedley-Jones said: “Newcastle Central station is a key part of the history and future of both the city and the wider North East region. The improvements will accentuate the important heritage of the Grade One listed building, one of only six such stations in the UK, and act as a stunning new gateway to the city for visitors.”

Network Rail route managing director Phil Verster said: “We are working closely with the council and local business leaders to make sure the plans complement the city scheme to improve the area outside the station.”

The leader of Newcastle City Council, Cllr Nick Forbes, added: “It is important that visitors to Newcastle get an immediate impression of the confidence and ambition we have as a city and a world class destination for business and tourism.

“The transformation of Central Station will create an instantly memorable experience for visitors and a 21st Century transport hub worthy of one of Europe’s great cities.”

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