Disabled access takes centre stage of £700,000 facelift at three Metro stations

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Three Metro stations in the north of England are set to become more accessible and wheslchair-friendly thanks to a bumper refurbishment investment.

Nexus, the public body which owns and operates the Tyne and Wear Metro, is to carry out major refurbishments at Cullercoats, Monkseaton and West Monkseaton Metro stations, improving access for passengers with disabilities.

The £700,000 project, starting at the end of February, will see the stations in North Tyneside undergo modernisation to improve accessibility, security and energy efficiency.

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Accessibility improvements in the forthcoming scheme will include the installation of dual handrails, tactile paving and anti-slip surfacing on the stairs and on platforms.

The work forms part of the £350m Metro all change modernisation programme.

Managing director of Nexus, Tobyn Hughes, said: “Improving stations for our customers is a key part of the £350m Metro modernisation programme.

“The work we are planning at West Monkseaton, Monkseaton and Cullercoats is vital because these are very old stations which were built decades before the Metro system opened in 1980.

“The work will be similar to work we have already carried out at other suburban Metro stations by improving accessibility for passengers with disabilities.

This is the latest in a programme which has 30 Metro stations refurbished since 2010 as part of the Metro all change modernisation programme. There are 60 Metro stations in total.

All of the works are being delivered ‘in-house’ by the Nexus Capital Delivery team as this has proved the most cost effective approach.

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