South Tyneside Council is now entering the final stages of land acquisition before construction of South Shields' new transport interchange begins.
The council is using its statutory powers to take control of the remaining properties it needs in South Shields town centre.
It is implementing the Compulsory Purchase Order by using the General Vesting Declaration procedure. This triggers the process of the council taking possession of the land and property interests which are subject to the Compulsory Purchase Order.
It is a legal requirement before work can start on site for the transport interchange in the Spring.
This year has already seen the successful relocation of the Post Office, Royal Mail and Dawson and Sanderson travel agents and work has already started on demolishing these former premises on Keppel Street.
Cllr Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council, said: "This is the final stage of the Compulsory Purchase Order and is necessary before construction of the transport interchange can begin.
"The last year has involved a great deal of preparatory work behind the scenes.
"During 2018 we are going to see the culmination of that hard work when we start building our superb new transport interchange, which will create a high quality sense of arrival into the town.
"The Word and our other regeneration successes have drawn hundreds of thousands more visitors into the town centre so having top-notch public transport facilities and connectivity is vital."
The Council will be working alongside its development partner, Muse Developments and Nexus to develop the interchange.