Whitley Bay Metro station to undergo £5.3 million restoration after storm damage
The station has been described as “one of the finest examples of Edwardian railway architecture.”
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Whitley Bay Metro station is set to be restored to its former glory in a £5.3m restoration project.
The historic, Grade II listed canopy- which dates back to the Edwardian era- will undergo a major programme of restoration work which will see the glazing replaced and the steel work refurbished.
The Metro station will remain open to customers throughout the works.
Cathy Massarella, major projects director at Nexus, said: “This major conservation project will restore Whitley Bay Metro station to its former glory.
“The building is Grade II listed, built in 1910, and is an important gateway into North Tyneside from the Tyne and Wear Metro. The canopy needs to be refurbished and we are progressing the work as part of our Metro modernisation programme.”
“Whitley Bay is a station with a great deal of charm. The station has proudly served Metro since the network opened. This project will ensure that the station is there for locals and visitors to enjoy for many decades to come,” Massarella continued.
Storm damage to the canopy earlier this year meant the Metro station was closed for a significant period of time. Despite the damage exposing the need for refurbishment, plans were already made before this.
The glass in the canopy will be replaced with more robust modern alternatives and the glazing directly above the Metro tracks will be reinstated, providing a more sheltered environment for customers.
North Tyneside’s Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn DBE said: “As well as being a source of pride for local people, Whitley Bay Station one of the finest examples of Edwardian railway architecture anywhere in Britain. The canopy is one of its most striking features and we look forward to seeing the restoration take shape.”
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