Network Rail has announced Newcastle station will receive a multi-million transformation after being named as one of eight projects to share almost £25m in funding.
A total of £8.6m will be invested in infrastructure including retail facilities, waiting rooms and alterations to the existing bridge under the Station Commercial Project Facility second tranche successful bidders on the London North Eastern Route.
Successful bidders on London North Eastern Route:
Newcastle Station Enhancements- £8.6m
Hatfield Station Car park - £6.1m
Wakefield Westgate New Station - £6.6m
Ferne Park, Neville Hill and Cricklewood depot enhancements - £2.5m
Dore & Totley Station Car Parks - £400,000
Northallerton Car Park - £345k
Network Rail route managing director Phil Verster said: “Newcastle station is an incredibly busy and important transport hub for the north east. These improvements will help passengers to get the best from the listed building. Significantly the finished station will also give a better first impression to visitors to the city.
“We are working closely with the council and local business leaders to make sure our plans complement the city scheme to improve the area outside the station.”
The station scheme is being developed in partnership with NE1 and Newcastle City Council who are seeking funds to improve the area outside the station for pedestrians, drivers, cyclists and visitors to the city and help kick-start the economic regeneration of the area. The council and businesses in the city centre will also be investing in the project.
Deputy chairman of NE1 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. NE1 has worked hard over the last two years coordinating this complex project and we are confident that this work will increase connectivity and assist in unlocking further funding and private sector development around the station.”
The £100m SCPF is an initiative developed by the Department for Transport in partnership with Network Rail, ATOC and the Office for Rail Regulation. It is available for capital expenditure projects and is administered and programme managed by Network Rail