Newcastle station improvements are being welcomed by customers


Virgin Trains East Coast welcomed a visit to Newcastle Central Station by Rail Minister Claire Perry MP.
The Minister travelled to Newcastle Station, where a major upgrade is transforming the building and surrounding area.
The multi-million pound scheme, which was part funded by the Department for Transport’s Station Commercial Project Facility Fund, has involved creating a new pedestrianised space at the front of the station and building a new travel centre with better toilet facilities and clearer signs.
There are also new cycle storage facilities, and the number of shops at the station has doubled. Further work is planned.
Claire Perry said: “The investment at Newcastle Station, coupled with the plans for future improvements, has transformed the station and its surroundings, and is a great example of this government's commitment to building a Northern Powerhouse.
“The £22 million of investment here is not only transforming the passenger experience, but also regenerating the local area and creating a truly impressive gateway to this great city. I am delighted that passengers, residents and local businesses are seeing the benefits.”
Tim Hedley-Jones, Major Projects Director at Virgin Trains East Coast, said: “We were delighted to welcome the minister to Newcastle Central Station today. We are very proud of the station improvements which have attracted a fantastic response from our customers.”

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