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Station upgrade will give city 'new lease of life'

The area around Newcastle's Central station will benefit greatly from the multi-million pound upgrade of the transport hub, according to the North East Chamber of Commerce.

The organisation, made up of businesses across the region, has backed the planned £8.6m makeover of the station.

Director of Policy Ross Smith said: “Newcastle Central Station is obviously a very important element of many people’s first impression of the city and the wider region.

“These exciting plans will help make sure that impression is a good one and should complement wider proposals for the Stephenson Quarter to give a new lease of life to that area of the city.”

Plans released of £8.6m station makeover

Artist's impression show what Newcastle's Central station will look like. Credit: East Coast Main Line.

Plans have been released of the multi-million pound makeover of Newcastle's central station.

Work is due to begin on the £8.6m project in May and expected to take a year.

The artist's impressions reveal how the main concourse will be transformed.

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Rush hour rail delays continue

Thousands of rail travellers have faced lengthy delays today after a major fault on the East Coast main line. A kilometre of overhead wiring was brought down by an engine last night.

It left two hundred Yorkshire bound passengers stranded overnight at Kings Cross station and delays for passengers which will reach into tomorrow.


Lunchtime update: Rail delays on the East Coast line

Railway passengers travelling between the North East and London have faced delays and disruption because of problems on the East Coast mainline.

Many trains to and from Kings Cross have been cancelled, causing problems right along the route.

Watch the lunchtime report from Kenny Toal, who was at one of the stations affected, below.


There is disruption on East Coast rail line between Newcastle and Kings Cross, and between Leeds and Kings Cross, due to overhead line problems at St Neots.

Tickets are being accepted on the CrossCountry, East Midlands Trains, First Transpennine Express, and Virgin Trains services.

Replacement buses are operating between Peterborough and London, although a very limited number of trains can run via Cambridge.

Services are not expected to run via St Neots until later this afternoon, but with disruption for the rest of the day.

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Travel: Train delays for East Coast passengers

Long delays for thousands of commuters Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Thousands of rail commuters leaving Yorkshire for London are facing much-delayed journeys due to an electrical supply problem.

Centred on north London, the problem was last night causing hold-ups of up to 90 minutes on some journeys between London's King's Cross and Moorgate stations and Stevenage in Hertfordshire. Passengers travelling with - East Coast, First Hull and Grand Central trains - are also affected.

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