Nexus, which runs the Tyne and Wear Metro Service, has begun work to build a new Metro station, transport interchange and a training centre in South Shields, England.
The project is part of multi-million-pound plans to strengthen the transport infrastructure of the town.
The project involves the construction of a new bus interchange as well as a relocated and refurbished Metro station. Muse Developments is executing the project in partnership with Nexus and South Tyneside Council.
Bowmer & Kirkland has begun demolition of the former post office and Royal Mail building and Dawson and Sanderson travel agents on Keppel Street to make way for the £20m transport interchange as part of second phase of the council’s £100m regeneration plan for South Shields.
The Local Growth Deal has provided £9.4m to the project through the North East Local Enterprise Partnership.
Nexus is also developing a £8.4m Metro Maintenance and Renewals Skills Centre in South Shields.
The training centre will be built on the site of the original railway station between Mile End Road and Salem Street, which was closed when the Metro line was built in the 1980s.
The facility will train 1,000 people who work on the North East’s Metro system.
The centre will include a 70-metre stretch of dual track for Nexus to carry out rail infrastructure training, and will also house a new computerised Metro driver training simulator.
Work on the new building, which is designed by Stephen George and Partners and being constructed Galliford Try, will begin in April and is expected to be completed in 2019.
The Local Growth Deal has provided a £7m grant to the project through the North East Local Enterprise Partnership and Nexus has contributed £1.4m.
In 2016, planning permission was granted for the transport interchange, as well as outline planning permission for phase three, which involves new retail and leisure development.
Bowmer & Kirkland’s previous project involved construction of the £17m The Word library and digital media centre.