Metro station platform re-opens to passengers

PASSENGERS using North Shields metro station can access Platform two from today.

Nexus, which owns, manages and is modernising Metro, cllosed the Platform at the beginning of the week due to the ongoing modernisation work taking place.

Platform Two was opened from the start of Metro services via a temporary entrance with stair access only available.

Ramp access is expected to be restored next week and ticket machines serving the platform will be up and running from 12 noon.

North Shields Metro station had been closed to the public, Sunday March 12 to Monday April 4, as part of the major Metro line closure between Byker and Tynemouth.

Metro trains have been running through North Shields station and passengers have been able to board and alight from Platform No1 via temporary entrances, while the second platform has had to remain shut.

Director of Rail and Infrastructure for Nexus, Ken Mackay, said: “I’m pleased to say that have now re-opened platform two at North Shields Metro station.

“The rest of the station opened on Monday after the major line closure ended, but we had to keep the second platform closed a bit longer for some extra work. I apologise for any inconvenience this has caused.”

The work at North Shields Metro station, 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 current North Shields station building is in the process of being demolished by Nexus contractors.