Metro bosses face questions over revamp

COMMUTERS concerned about the months of disruption they face while North Shields Metro station undergoes a £3m revamp are being given the chance to find out more about how it will affect them.

System operator Nexus is holding a drop-in session on Tuesday at the Saville Exchange in North Shields from 2pm until 7pm.

It will be attended by staff from Nexus and train operator DB Regio Tyne and Wear.

Commuters will have the chance to speak to transport staff on a one-to-one basis about what the modernisation work will involve.

Ken Mackay, director of rail and infrastructure for Nexus, said: “We have exciting plans to redevelop North Shields Metro station, and we want to keep people fully informed about the scale of the work.

“Nexus staff will be there to talk through any issues on an informal basis and to provide details of what’s going to happen on the site as the work gets under way.

“This is a significant building project, but we want to minimise disruption to our neighbours as far as possible, and we are working with our contractors, neighbours and North Tyneside Council to achieve this.”

Nexus’ plans for North Shields Metro station form part of its £385m Metro: all change programme, which will see stations and trains modernised over the next 11 years.

The new station hopes to attract a attractive new gateway for North Shields town centre.

The building project will run from February until December and temporary ramped entrances will be created at the lower ends of the platforms, allowing us to demolish the existing building and create a new one without closing the station for long periods.

- Tyne and Wear Metro services between South Gosforth and North Shields will be suspended all day on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th January 2011, to allow engineers to safely carry out cable, bridge and lift modernisation work.

A bus replacement service 900 will operate from Regent Centre and call at or close to all stations from South Gosforth to North Shields.

Trains from South Shields will be terminating at Regent Centre and customers are advised to buy their Metro ticket in the normal way and to allow extra time for their journey.

In addition Benton station will be closed all day on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th January to allow for work to continue on the footbridge renewal and lift work.

Any customers wishing to use the replacement bus service from Benton station are asked to buy their Metro ticket at their destination. The station will reopen on Monday 31st January.