DEVELOPERS have revealed the first look at radical changes to South Shields town centre.
The team behind the £100million 365 masterplan for South Shields town centre have released artists impressions of how the town’s new transport interchange will look.
The computer-generated images show a complete reworking of Kepple Street and the surrounding area, with a dazzling new bus and Metro station.
Councillor John Anglin, lead member for Regeneration and Economy, said “The bus or Metro station is the gateway into South Shields, and the first thing people see when arriving, so it’s vital that we get it right.
“The proposed transport interchange is an integral part of our South Shields 365 vision and a new integrated facility would aim to improve connectivity and access to the different elements of the town.”
South Tyneside Council and its development partner Muse Developments will be holding a public consultation on the proposals starting next week.
The teem say the consultation is an opportunity for people to find out more about the development and changes to the road network, which are included in phase two of the town’s redevelopment.
Those who attend will also be able to meet the people behind the vision for the future of South Shields town centre.
The proposed future plans for the remainder of the masterplan will also be available for the public to view.
Extensive discussions have already taken place with Metro operator 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.
Councillor Anglin said: “With construction on the first phase of our £100m masterplan well underway, we are working alongside Nexus and our other partners to press on with our ambitious plans to transform the town centre.
David Wells, Development Director at Muse Developments, added: “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 public consultation event will take place from 2pm – 7pm on Thursday 18 June in South Shields Museum and Art Gallery, Ocean Road and 12.00pm – 4.00pm Saturday 20 June 2015 in South Shields’ Central Library, Prince Georg Square following which the exhibition of plans will tour various location in the town – information on these locations can be found on the consultation website, where people can also keep up to date and give feedback on the regeneration of South Shields town centre: www.southshields365progress.com