Council boss '˜confident' new business park will be connected to Metro system

A council boss says he is '˜confident' a planned £41million business park in South Tyneside will be connected to the Metro system.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 09 January, 2019, 16:38

South Tyneside Council leader Coun Iain Malcolm says the transport system being linked to the International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP) is vital.

Coun Malcolm admitted it could take up to 10 years before tracks could be extended that far, but added: “It’s no good having 5,000 new jobs if residents in South Shields, Jarrow and Hebburn can’t get to the site.”

The International Advanced Manufacturing Park site

Coun Malcolm made his comments at a meeting of the council’s overview and scrutiny co-ordinating and call-in committee.

He said: “We need to talk to Nexus about how we can expand the Metro to go to the IAMP site. I’m really confident we may be able to get some link with the Metro from South Shields to the IAMP.

“That’s a long-term aspiration and it may take up to a decade to achieve that.”

The IAMP project is a joint scheme between South Tyneside Council and Sunderland City Council.

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South Tyneside Council Leader, Coun Iain Malcolm.

A government City Deal in 2015 attracted investment worth £41million for the site through the North East Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) £270million Local Growth Fund for infrastructure, including new roads, bridges and other environmental enhancements.

A Nexus spokesman said: “We’re working on behalf of the region’s two combined authorities to make the case for expansion to Metro and win the funding that would be needed to make it happen.

“High-quality transport links through the International Advanced Manufacturing Park, including Metro, is one of the key routes we are focusing on.”

James Harrison, Local Democracy Reporting Service