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Princess Anne officially opens Metro station revamp

29 March 10 15:58 GMT

The Princess Royal has officially opened Newcastle's redeveloped Haymarket Metro station.

Princess Anne rode on the Metro from Jesmond before unveiling a commemorative plaque.

She was cheered by 50 flag-waving children from Walkergate Primary School as she cut a ribbon to declare the station open.

Chairman of the Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority David Wood said the visit was a great honour.

He said: "The station has been transformed and is now a fabulous gateway into the centre of Newcastle."

The princess chatted to a busker and representatives from Metro operator Nexus, civic dignitaries and passengers while at the opening.

The project has seen the Haymarket station rebuilt, with a retail and leisure hub replacing the existing station structure, which first opened to passengers in 1980 when the Tyne and Wear Metro first started running.

Nexus has secured £350m from the government to modernise the Metro system, including stations and trains.

The Haymarket scheme, which was privately funded, will serve as a blueprint for other Metro station redevelopments in the future.

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