Morpeth Railway Station – widely regarded as one of the finest surviving examples of Victorian railway architecture on the East Coast main line between London and Edinburgh – is being given a new lease of life, making it fit-for-purpose for 21st Century train travellers.

Led by Greater Morpeth Development Trust (GMDT) a partnership of the National Lottery, Northumberland County Council, North East Rural Growth Network, the Railway Heritage Trust, and track and train operators Network Rail and Arriva Rail North, is funding the £2.2 million scheme to repair, restore and redevelop the station.

The station was designed by Benjamin Green, one of the great pioneering railway architects of his day, for the Newcastle & Berwick Railway Company and opened in 1846.

The scheme will also convert empty rooms in the main station trackside building into a bespoke enterprise centre providing accommodation for up to 7 small businesses.

The work will be carried out by contractors STP Construction from Rowlands Gill with architects Curtis Architecture and Napper Architects who have designed the station improvements, and is expected to be completed by late 2019.

As part of the improvements a cafeteria and modern toilets will be provided, while the ornate portico will be restored as a feature entrance to the station. A number of large chimney stacks which helped give the station its unique character, will also be restored.