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Metro updates on our local stations

There has been a lot of work going on which have affected our local Tyne & Wear Metro stations within the Chamber area. Here's a quick roundup of the latest news.

Whitley Bay station has recently passed the important stage of its £5.3million refurbishment project, with the installation of brand new glass panels in the historic canopy which has been under cover for several months whilst repair and restoration work has been taking place. The station itself is Grade II listed and dates back to the Edwardian era but the refurbishment hopes to bring it back to its former glory after many years of braving the elements.

Over 1200 glass panels are being fitted and for the first time in Metro's history the whole canopy will be glazed including the middle section which it is believed had the glass panels removed to allow for the smoke and steam to escape out from the previous rolling stock before Metro took over the station.

Work continues and the station plus the businesses on the concourse remain open during this time. It is expected that Spring 2025 will see the restoration complete.

A £579,000 works programme to restore the historic pedestrian footbrige at Cullercoats station has recently been completed.

The Victorian era bridge at the coastal station has been strengthened with new steelwork plus the outer panels and decking replaced for a fresher experience and combined with a beautiful new coat of paint the sunshine gleams through the new glazed windows which were previously boarded up.

The structure has been there since 1882 and it is great to see it back to full use and looking superb once more.

A life saving defibrillator unit has been installed at West Monkseaton station this month.

Volunteers at Wellfield Defibrillator Group raised the funds for the unit and it has already been used, proving how important it is to have in place.

Located on the main concourse, the defibrillator is in a locked unit which is released when the emergency services are contacted to provide the code, if they believe it may help to save a life.

Finally, some much loved stained glass at Monkseaton station has recently been restored and reinstalled.

Named 'Beach and Shipyards' the pieces are located at both sides of the station, bookending the historic canopy structure.

Artist Mike Davis originally created the work in 1983 which was painstakingly restored by Cate Wilkinson and Rita Griskonyte at the Sunderland National Glass Centre. It is now back in place for many years to come and looks even better than we remember it.

All images are courtesy of Nexus.

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