WORK on redeveloping a Metro station is due to enter a major phase next week.
Contractors are preparing to demolish the old ticket concourse at North Shields station from Monday as part of a multi-million pound redevelopment.
Work so far has been focused on demolition and laying the foundations, with steel work being put in place.
The station will remain open to passengers apart from some weekends.
Ahead of the demolition, this weekend a large crane will be on site to lift steelwork into place, meaning that Railway Terrace and Nile Street will be closed to traffic.
The work is part of the £385m ‘Metro: all change modernisation programme’ which will see the network upgraded over the next 11 years, including new tracks, modernised stations and refurbished trains.
Work on rebuilding North Shields station is on course for completion in spring next year.
Ken Mackay, director of rail and infrastructure for Nexus, said: “We are now in a major new phase of the project at North Shields Metro station, with building work under way on the new-look ticket concourse.
“Passengers can expect the new station to now gradually take shape.
“It will be a vast improvement on what was there before and will be a wonderful gateway into the town centre.
“The redevelopment of North Shields is a major project in a residential area, with a fair proportion of the work happening at night.
“I would like to thank local residents for their ongoing patience while our contractors progress the work.
“It’s short term pain for long term gain.”
The principal contractor carrying out the work at the station is May Gurney.