Historic Newcastle Central Station Facilities Restored

17/08/21 Historic Newcastle Central Station Facilities Restored

London North Eastern Railway (LNER) is pleased to announce the restoration of historic toilets at Newcastle Central Station, believed to date back to the 1890s. 

Following the Beeching cuts of the 1960s, the number of train services serving Newcastle Station decreased and platform 12 was rarely used. The rooms along the platform, including the gentlemen’s toilets, ceased to be used by the public, with other restroom facilities throughout the station made available for customers at the time. 

Thanks to increased services and passenger numbers in recent decades, LNER has restored the toilets in partnership with the Railway Heritage Trust. The team worked hard to ensure the original glazed brick walls and flooring were brought back to life and their former glory. 

The reopening of the gentlemen’s toilets on platform 12 has enabled LNER to double the capacity of the women’s toilets, making it even more convenient for customers to use the facilities at Newcastle. 

Claire Ansley, LNER Customer Experience Director, said: “Newcastle Station has played an important role in the region for more than 150 years and we truly value its rich history and heritage. We have carefully restored these facilities to ensure that they both enhance the customer experience and are respectful of the building’s heritage and architectural qualities.” 

Further improvements are planned at Newcastle Station, with the standard waiting rooms being refurbished throughout the Autumn. 

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