Train operator East Coast has released artist’s impressions showing how Newcastle Central station will look following an £8.6 million regeneration project.
At the centre of the improvements will be the pedestrianisation and glazing of the station’s front portico to create a retail space the equal to King’s Cross.
East Coast believes the improved station will create “an impressive new gateway to the city and the wider North East region”.
East Coast stations and property 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 One 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.”
The project is in partnership with Network Rail, the rail infrastructure provider which owns the station building.
The station improvement work is due to begin in May, and is expected to be completed in April next year.
The station will operate as normal throughout the works.
A Newcastle-based team from Ryder Architecture has designed the improvements to the station building, while works will be carried out by Miller Construction.