Tyne & Wear

Newcastle Central Station receives £8.6m funding

Newcastle Central Station
Image caption The £8.6m will be spent on modernising the station

Newcastle Central Station will receive £8.6m of funding to improve and modernise facilities.

The money from Network Rail will be spent on improved waiting rooms and toilets, better signage and alterations to the existing bridge.

Glazed canopies will also be installed as well as new lifts and escalators.

Phil Verster, from Network Rail, said: "These improvements will help passengers to get the best from the listed building."

The station scheme is being developed in partnership with NE1 and Newcastle City Council.

The council and businesses in the city centre will also be investing in the project.

The deputy chairman of NE1 Ltd, Gavin Black, said: "This is great news for Newcastle and the north east, with the improvements to the station helping to cement the city's role as the region's capital."

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