Exciting plans have been unveiled for the development of a vibrant new transport interchange in South Shields as part of the £100m town centre regeneration scheme.
The new-look transport interchange will be built in the heart of South Shields and will include a combined new Metro and bus station to the south of Keppel Street.
This is the second phase of the South Shields’ 365 Town Centre Vision, a regeneration scheme which is breathing new life into the town.
The transport hub proposal has been developed in conjunction with Nexus, the public body which delivers local public transport on behalf of the North East Combined Authority, South Tyneside Council, and the developer, Muse Developments.
Nexus owns, manages and is modernising the Tyne and Wear Metro – a programme that incorporates the new Metro station which forms part of the South Shields scheme.
The development of the new interchange will include:
• A new and improved Metro station
• A full enclosed bus terminal with seating
• Improved station access with increased lift and escalator provision
• 14 bus stands, 1 coach stand and 1 drop off/coach point
• An enhanced entrance on Keppel and Fowler Street
• Improvements to bus routing in South Shields
• Increased passenger safety within the new bus station
• Improvement to Coronation Street bus stops
Planning applications will be submitted in the week commencing 29 June and are expected to be heard by councillors in the autumn.
If the plans get the green light then the development will start in the Spring of 2017 and take 12 months to complete.
Managing Director of Nexus, Tobyn Hughes, said: “These are really exciting plans for a new transport interchange in the heart of South Shields. I’m delighted that Nexus will be playing its part in the on-going regeneration of the town alongside our local authority partners and the developer.
“The aim is create a vibrant, all new, consolidated transport hub in the town centre. This will include a clean and modern bus station and an entirely new Metro terminus.
“I have no doubt that this proposed scheme will transform the public transport facilities for passengers in South Shields for many years to come.”
Cllr Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council, said: “The development of a new transport interchange in South Shields is a fundamental part of our 365 master plan and vision for the town centre.
“The integrated facility would bring together a new bus interchange and relocated, refurbished Metro station, improving the sense of arrival and connectivity for visitors.
“With the first phase of the 365 plan well underway, there has been significant work alongside Nexus and our other partners behind the scenes to develop the plans for this bespoke hub which aims to deliver the best possible transport public transport links for our town centre.”
David Wells, Development Director at Muse Developments, said: “We are delighted to reveal the proposals for the second phase of our redevelopment work in South Shields.
“We feel that the new transport interchange and travel plan will revolutionise the town, making it far more accessible and safer for pedestrians. We want more people to visit South Shields and this development will enable this. There will be improvements in the connections to the Riverside and Foreshore areas, making the town centre a more pleasant environment in which to visit and shop.
“We want to make South Shields a year round tourist destination and the improvements to access in the town will greatly improve the propensity for tourism and ultimately economic growth.
“In this consultation process we will also be revealing our ambitious outline plans for the entire South Shields 365 masterplan and I would urge the local community to attend the consultation to see and hear about the exciting vision for the future of their town.”
The plans for the next phase of the regeneration of South Shields town centre as part of the £100million 365 masterplan and the construction of a new transport interchange have now been revealed to local residents and businesses
Extensive discussions have already taken place with Nexus the main bus operators, the Hackney Carriage Association and the private taxi operators.
The partnership between South Tyneside Council and Muse Developments, one of the country’s leading names in urban regeneration, has resulted in ambitious proposals to transform South Shields town centre and provide lasting improvements to the town.
The South Shields 365 vision will mean improvements are made to all aspects of community life – from the shopping and leisure offer, to the way people travel to, from and around the town centre.
The second phase of redevelopment in the town will build upon work already on-going including construction of The Word, the North East Centre for the Written Word, the region’s state-of-the-art new cultural venue. In addition to this, improvements are currently being made to the adjacent Market Place.