UK-based Muse Developments has unveiled plans for another phase of the £100m regeneration of South Shields town centre.
This will be the second phase of redevelopment in the town's 365 masterplan, including construction of a new transport interchange with modifications to the road network.
365 masterplan for South Sheilds is a joint initiative of South Tyneside Council and Muse Developments. It aims to improve all aspects of community life such as shopping, leisure and travel.
Developers have already discussed the plans with Metro operator Nexus, the main bus operators, the Hackney Carriage Association, and private taxi operators.
South Tyneside Council leader Cllr Iain Malcolm said: "The development of a new transport interchange in South Shields is a fundamental part of our 365 masterplan 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."
Muse development director David Wells said: "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 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."
Phase two of redevelopment under the 365 masterplan also includes construction of a new cultural venue in the region, The Word, the North East Centre for the Written Word, which is currently under construction.
The development phase will also include upgrades to the adjacent Market Place.
Image: New designs for South Sheilds redevelopment. Photo: courtesy of Muse.