A Tyneside engineering firm has secured its second contract to modernise stations on the Tyne and Wear Metro system.
G&B Civil Engineering Ltd, based at Camperdown Industrial Estate, is to carry out a series of improvements at Ilford Road Metro station in Newcastle, hot on the heels of finishing a similar improvement project at North Tyneside’s Percy Main.
The work will include installing new vitreous enamel panels and way finding signs, as well as giving the station a fresh new colour scheme.
G&B will also resurface the platforms and station access ramps and install tactile paving, dual hand rails, new seating and new litter bins.
Contracts director at the company Jason Hind said: “The last few years have been challenging as the economy has contracted, so projects like Metro modernisation are vital for us and I’m delighted we have been able to secure this work.
“We have been able to diversify what we do over the last few years to keep us going and being able to tender for public infrastructure projects is crucial for us.
“Working on Metro stations is a nice project for us, because it’s something the public get to see and benefit from.” G&B is one of a number of North East firms reaping the benefits of the £385m modernisation programme known as Metro: all change.
Nexus, which owns and manages the system, is transforming it through 11 years of work, for which the Government approved funding in 2010
In the past three years Nexus has spent £115m transforming Metro’s 33 year-old infrastructure, including stations and miles of new track.
On top of its contracts with local companies, it has recruited an extra 60 staff as a result and is taking on 30 new apprentices.
Nexus estimates that every pound spent on Metro modernisation is worth £8 back to the North East economy.
Director of finance and resources for Nexus, John Fenwick, said: “The Metro all change modernisation programme has created jobs and opportunities in the local economy over the last few years and that will continue as we press ahead with more renewal work in the coming years.”
Established in 1998, G&B has successfully completed more than 300 contracts for a portfolio of clients including Newcastle United Football Club and Newcastle City Council.