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UP ON THE ROOF: Tenders are expected to go out in the next two weeks for work to refurbish Newcastle Station's historic south barrel roof - part of a £20M package of works by Railtrack to modernise the station. The roof was designed by local architect John Dobson between 1845 and 1850 but for the last three years has been propped by temporary scaffolding after the steel truss structure was damaged by fire. The contract will include substantial structural repairs and strengthening, with work expected to start in June, with the whole station refurbishment completed by 2000.

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