Metro station closure at Newcastle Central Station lifted for festive period

Closures at Central Station Metro will be lifted by Nexus for the Christmas period.
Closures at Central Station Metro will be lifted by Nexus for the Christmas period.

Closures at a main Metro station in Newcastle are being lifted from tomorrow in the run up to Christmas.

Modernisation works are currently taking place at Newcastle's Central Station stop - but Nexus, which owns and manages the service, is suspending the 8pm onwards closures, as of tomorrow evening.

The station will be in full use from now until Sunday, January 3 when the closures will recommence.

The closures are being temporarily lifted so that Central is in full use for the busy Christmas shopping and party season throughout December.

Raymond Johnstone is director of rail and infrastructure for Nexus.

He said: “It’s vital that the Central Metro station is opening throughout the festive period.

“It was agreed at the outset of this project that we would not shut the station in the early evening during December and for the first few days in January.

“This is so our customers can use the station during the busy Christmas shopping period and party season.”

The station had been closing earlier five nights a week, from Sunday to Thursday, to allow contractors to press on with a £6m modernisation scheme.

The work, which began in September, meant that passengers wishing to travel to the station during closure times had to alight at Monument or Haymarket stations.

Closure dates were changed to fit around the Great North Run, at the start of September, and the Rugby World Cup, which was held in Newcastle in October.

It is expected that the project will be finished in summer next year.

Metro Central station, which is used by 5.3 million passengers a year, is getting improvements to accessibility, information and waiting facilities, as well as a bright new look.

The project, which will create accessibility improvements and other new facilities, is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2016.

The work forms part of the £389m Metro all change modernisation programme. Twenty-five stations have already been modernised across Tyne and Wear.