A North East metro station is set to undergo a major refurbishment this week.

Cullercoats Metro station, near North Shields, will undergo a £579,000 renovation this week as part of Nexus' infrastructure modernisation programme.

The focus of the project is the station's Victorian-era footbridge, with the work planned to strenghten the steel work and replace the outer wooden panels.

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The footbridge will be closed from Wednesday (August 23) until January next year to allow for the works to take place, with customers needing to use an alternative route to get from one platform to the other. 

It will also include a deep clean and repairs to the station’s canopy.

Head of Renewals at Nexus, Sarah McManus, said: “We are investing more than half a million pounds on the refurbishment of Cullercoats Metro station to improve the overall customer experience there.

“This station, which is a key gateway into North Tyneside and it’s amazing coastline, dates back to the Victorian era and has been part of the Metro system since it first opened. 

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“The footbridge is in particular need of a makeover and it’s a big part of the overall project, which will result in a cleaner and brighter station for our customers. 

“This project forms part of our infrastructure modernisation programme, which is ensuring that Metro will be here for many generations to come.

“I’m pleased to say that the station will remain open throughout the works, so customers will be able to get Metro trains to and from there.

“However, the footbridge itself will be closed and a short diversionary walking route in place for customers who need to cross between the platforms. I apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused.” 

An alternative walking route via St George’s Road, Marden Avenue and Marden Terrace has been identified as the fastest trip between the two platforms. 

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The rest of the station will remain open as usual through the works. 

Cullercoats station was opened in 1882 by the North-Eastern Railway and was converted to a Metro station when the network opened in August 1980. 

Gateshead-based G&B Civil Engineering are carrying out the work on behalf of Nexus.