As part of our ambitious plans to improve North Shields and transform the town into a residential location of choice and an attractive, family-friendly destination we are developing designs for a new transport hub and adjoining town square.
It forms part of our aims to create a smaller but more vibrant, high-quality town centre; to create more flexible retail opportunities and expand the evening and weekend economy; to improve public transport and the quality of walking and cycling connections across the town (including better links to Fish Quay); and to raise and improve the quality of the built environment and the quality of public space in North Shields with more of it suitable for hosting events and festivals.
The proposed transport hub will provide a modern, high-quality facility in the heart of the town centre.
The facility will bring public transport, including buses, Metro, taxis and links to cycling infrastructure, together in one place – making it easier for people to choose cleaner, greener forms of travel.
It is hoped that the transport hub will become the first net zero carbon building in North Tyneside and design work to achieve this is ongoing and has been designed with sustainability at the forefront through the use of materials, solar energy as well as the way surface water quality is managed.
Safety and security also features predominantly in the designs with a high-quality, open and expansive waiting area.
There will be provision for artwork to be displayed and modern facilities including Changing Places toilets, which provide extra equipment and space for people with a disability to allow them to use the toilets safely and comfortably, and real-time information displays for all local bus, Metro and ferry services.
The transport hub will connect to the existing Metro station and town centre shopping area and will include opportunities for an additional retail offer to be accommodated inside. It will also include modern, high-quality cycle storage and the facility will connect to the expanding network of cycle routes in the borough.
The outside area will feature high-quality improvements to public spaces.
See the attachment for detailed information about the plans.
The development also includes a new open town square for events and leisure activities as well as new planting.
The area would create a much-needed green space in the heart of the town centre and increase biodiversity in an urban environment
Have your say
We want to hear what you think about the proposals for the transport hub with town square to help inform our planning application for the scheme.
A drop-in engagement event is taking place at the YMCA in Church Way, North Shields, on Thursday 11 November, 4pm-7pm.
You can also email your feedback to our Regeneration Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Take a virtual tour of the proposed transport hub and town square.