Newcastle Central Station hailed by David Cameron for job creation

Newcastle Central Station is among the Government's list of important UK construction projects

The revamped Newcastle Central Station portico
The revamped Newcastle Central Station portico

Newcastle's Central Station overhaul has been hailed by Downing Street as one of the key UK construction projects.

David Cameron will today point to major construction schemes up and down the country as evidence of the Government’s job creation focus.

Downing Street listed the £8.6m train station overhaul as one of the key projects. The station has had extensive work to the portico area, with new shops and a customer service centre still to be opened.

Also on the list of projects announced in previous spending years is the A1 Barton to Leeming motorway upgrade, which will reduce journey times by 20%. The £380m scheme will upgrade a 12 mile section of the A1 to a motorway and make improvements to junctions.

Another project set to bring improved transport connections to the North East is the £530m Northern Hub, a package of railway improvements on lines into Manchester. The cash will eventually mean faster electric trains between Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, York and Newcastle.

Cabinet ministers will be out at sites across the country today as they push their message that the Government is creating 150,000 new construction jobs this year.

The Prime Minister, who has been enjoying a family holiday in Lanzarote, will join Chancellor George Osborne at one major scheme to push the Government’s economic message.

They will say that more than 200 rail, road, local transport, broadband, airport and waste management projects are due to start construction over the next year.

Flood defences are also on the list after a winter of devastating weather left several areas under water.

“Ensuring Britain has first class infrastructure is a crucial part of our long-term economic plan: supporting business, creating jobs and providing a better future for hardworking people,” Mr Cameron said.

“As a crucial part of our long-term economic plan, this Government is backing business with better infrastructure so that more jobs and opportunities are created for hardworking people, meaning more financial security and peace of mind for families.”

Mr Osborne said: “Because of the tough decisions we have taken in day-to-day spending, we can prioritise public investment where it is most needed and create the right conditions for private investment in infrastructure where it brings value for the taxpayer.

“So this year over 200 new projects worth an estimated £36bn are due to start, creating thousands of jobs, securing future growth and delivering the world class infrastructure Britain deserves.”

Another 200-plus projects are due to be completed this year.

The £36bn estimate is made up of £5bn in public investment, £21bn in private and £10bn in joint funding.


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