Lift-off in bid for easier access to Metro station

A NEW footbridge and lifts at a borough Metro station are now up and running.

Metro network owner Nexus has spent £1m on improving access at Benton for disabled passengers and parents pushing prams. The investment is part of its £385m Metro: All Change modernisation programme.

Wheelchair users and parents with pushchairs unable to manage stairs no longer face a half-mile detour to cross from one platform to another.

The revamp saw the old footbridge linking the north and south platforms dismantled and the construction of a new bridge with new stairs and two passneger lifts serving each platform.

Work carried out also includes improvements to existing pedestrian access from Linden Terrace to the north platform, the installation of new CCTV cameras and new signs, and the conversion of two parking bays to disabled spaces.

Tobyn Hughes, director of customer services for Nexus, said: “I’d like to thank residents for their patience while the work was taking place. This highly technical project has taken longer to complete than we anticipated, and I apologise for any disruption caused.”

Coun Ed Hodson, North Tyneside Council’s cabinet member for transport, added: “It will make life much easier for people travelling from Benton, and I’m sure the improvements will be well received.”