The new Transport Hub, part of a £100m regeneration development of South Shields Town Centre, forms the hub of pedestrian access to the town centre via bus and metro tram and links to other critical areas of regeneration which includes new library, cinema and retail, and via remodelled pedestrian areas.
The interchange is built over three levels with vertical links between the lower level bus and pedestrian concourse and the upper level metro tram rail platform. The lower level also incorporated some retail space. There are several stakeholders including Tyneside council, developer, metro and travel operators.
The mechanical and electrical systems include new incoming services, lighting and small power systems, lifts, escalators, real time display information, CCTV/security and all associated operator systems including services for customers.The interchange is being built onto the side of existing metro rail and involves redevelopment of existing track and transfer of adjacent metro station.
Co-ordination of technical requirements from several stakeholders including bus and metro operation. Parallel operation of two adjacent metro stations whilst signalling and equipment is transformed.
Early planning of temporary/alternative routes regularly made to existing infrastructure around the town centre and number of diversion works with the master plan such that services are not altered twice.
The escalators for the scheme were designed to Nexus’s exacting standards with remote control rooms to minimise downtime in the event of failure, and to support first line maintenance by Nexus themselves.