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11 March 2013, 08:38
Plans have been announced for an £8.6 million revamp of Central Station in Newcastle.
Bosses at East Coast have unveiled the plans which will see the taxi rank outside the station turned into a pedestrianised plaza.
The existing arches will be glazed over with the walls sand blasted and lit up with a completely new lighting system.
Inside the station itself there will be new shops and information centre for passengers, with the current ticket office reduced in size.
The area provided for shops and food outlets will be doubled in size inside the Grade 1 listed building.
Work is due to start on the project in May of this year and is expected to take up to a year to complete.
East Coast station director Tim Hedley-Jones said:
"Newcastle Central station is a key part of the history and future of both the city and the wider North East region.
The improvements will accentuate the important heritage of the Grade I listed building, one of only six such stations in the UK, and act as a stunning new gateway to the city for visitors.
We believe the project will play a key role in the regeneration of the city centre and help to demonstrate that Newcastle and the North East are very much open for business."