Network Rail has announced that a £500,000 refurbishment project on the footbridge over the railway at Prudhoe station has been completed.
The work on the Grade II listed footbridge started back in June and was carried out offsite to minimise the disruption to passengers.
The bridge was removed in sections, and was strengthened, sandblasted clean and repainted.
A new floor surfacing was installed on the bridge as the final part of the project.
Prudhoe station also so work back in 2019 to extend a platform to allow longer trains at the station.
Paul Rutter, Route Director for Network Rail’s East Coast Route, said: “The transformation of the footbridge at Prudhoe station is astounding and it’s great that this work has been completed in keeping with its heritage.
“It’s so much more than a fresh coat of the traditional red and white paint. Our teams have looked closely at every detail and restored the bridge back to its former glory.
“We want to thank passengers for their patience whilst temporary changes were made in the station. Now the footbridge is back in place, it can be used by passengers for years to come.”
Guy Opperman, MP for Hexham, said: “I am delighted that the refurbishment of the footbridge at Prudhoe station is complete and that it is now open for use again. Continued investment in the rail network along the Tyne Valley is hugely welcome as it improves passengers’ experience and, in this case, also safeguards a part of Prudhoe’s rail heritage for future generations.”
Kerry Peters, Regional Director at Northern, said: “Improvements like these at Prudhoe are essential in delivering our long-term strategy for the rail network and is a great example of the rail industry working together to improve the network.
“The work on the footbridge looks fantastic and is part of our ongoing commitment to make our stations better for customers.”
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