Metro reopens for Christmas

NORTH Shields metro station has fully reopened ahead of the busy Christmas period.

Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, has fully re-opened North Shields Metro station for the busy Christmas period.

The station, which is being completely rebuilt, will remain fully open during and December and into January following a series of platform closures.

Platform one at North Shields station has been back in use for passengers since Monday November 28.

Director of Rail and Infrastructure for Nexus, Ken Mackay, said: “I want to thank the community for their patience during the recent platform closures at North Shields station.

“There has been significant disruption but there are no more closures planned for the busy run up to Christmas, which is vital for local traders.

“Rebuilding North Shields station is a complex project which will deliver significant benefit to the town centre and local community. The work is set for for completion in 2012.”

North Shields Metro station is undergoing a multi million pound rebuild as part of the £350m Metro: all change modernisation programme.

The building work at North Shields will continue during December while the station is open and while it is closed at night after Metro services have ended.

The redevelopment 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.

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.