Bridge to close for six weeks for key repairs

Cullercoats Metro Station.
Cullercoats Metro Station.

A footbridge is to be closed to allow for strengthening works to be carried out.

The bridge at Cullercoats Metro Station will be closed to the public for six weeks from Monday, August 17.

The essential modernisation work will focus on the timber deck, metalwork, the landings and the stair treads.

During the closure period, access between the station platforms will be possible via Marden Terrace, Marden Avenue and St George’s Road.

The work forms part of the £389m Metro: all change modernisation programme.

Director of rail and infrastructure for Nexus, Raymond Johnstone, said: “Cullercoats Metro station has a timber footbridge and work needs to be carried out now to ensure it is in good condition for many more years to come.

“The work will involve a six-week closure of the bridge and I apologise to any customers who are inconvenienced by this. An alternative walking route has been allocated.”

The £389m Metro: all change modernisation programme is an 11-year programme, which is being funded by the Government, that began in 2010 and involves the modernisation of Metro trains, stations and infrastructure including tracks, overhead lines and signalling systems.