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Newcastle Central Station will receive a multi-million pound investment to improve access to the front of the station.
Newcastle City Council and partners revealed in 2019 that they wanted to open up access to the Victorian station building, improve traffic flow to the front, accommodate more passengers, and make alterations to the taxi ranks and short-stay parking.
Prior to agreeing on plans, residents, Historic England and taxi drivers were able to participate in a consultation.
Artist’s impression of Newcastle Central Station Neville Street entrance
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Planners now have the go-ahead to start works.
There will be two new entrances into the station. The western entrance will guide passengers from Central Parkway into the station and to a new concourse; and a second at the front of the station on Neville Street.
The cabinet approved a revised development framework on 20 January. It gives developers guidance on investing in the 2,500 ha area to the southwest of the station, known as Forth Yards. The area could be developed into a multi-storey car park, office space and up to 2,500 homes.
The works are possible because the station has received Listed Building Consent. Work is likely to begin later in 2020.
This article first appeared on railway-news.com
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