A new £21m bus and Metro interchange will open on the Tyne and Wear Metro on Sunday 4 August, replacing the existing terminus station at South Shields.
The new South Shields Interchange on Keppel Street brings the town’s bus and Metro services under one roof in an airy, modern building that includes escalators and lifts to platform level as well as a café, bike storage, seated waiting areas and much better information.
It replaces the old South Shields terminus station, 100 metres away, which will close on Monday 8 July. As a result, Metro services will terminate at Chichester station for four weeks to allow completion of the Interchange, with frequent buses linking to the town centre until the new station opens on 4 August.
This is the first time a station on the Tyne and Wear Metro has been permanently closed in the network’s 39 year history. The old station on King Street, which featured in the 2014 Franz Ferdinand song ‘Stand on the Horizon’, inspired by singer Alex Kapranos’ childhood in North East England, has been used by more than 50 million passengers over the last 35 years, including tens of thousands or Great North Run athletes and spectators every autumn.
Huw Lewis, customer services director at Nexus, the Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive, said: “We’re looking forward to seeing Metro move into South Shields Interchange, which gives the town the best new railway and bus station in Britain.
“We’ve never closed a station before, and I am sure many people have memories of the old South Shields – it’s been part of everyday life for so long for the daily commute, trips to the seaside or during the Great North Run.
“I used to go through it almost every day myself, so in some ways it is sad to say goodbye, but the difference in quality will be obvious as Metro moves across the road. We’re really looking forward to welcoming our first passengers there next month.”
South Tyneside Council is working with partners Muse Developments and Nexus, and construction contractor Bowmer and Kirkland, to deliver the new South Shields Interchange. Construction of the new interchange, which forms Phase Two of the £100m South Shields 365 regeneration masterplan, began in April 2018.