£2.2m grant to ease traffic black spots

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A major cash boost will help traffic black spots and open up employment sites.

North Tyneside Council has received £2.2m from the Department for Transport’s Local Pinch Point Fund.

The money will help deliver improvements to traffic flows on the A191/A188 in Longbenton, which includes the Four Lane Ends Metro and bus interchange.

And it will also help create new jobs at Quorum Business Park and other neighbouring employers.

Coun Frank Lott, cabinet member for economic development, said: “This is a win-win scheme that will not only benefit road users, but will also support business growth, therefore creating much needed jobs in North Tyneside.”

The scheme will help improve some of the borough’s busiest junctions – the Four Lane Ends junction, the A188 Benton Lane-Goathland Avenue junction and the A188 Quorum-Balliol roundabout.

Detailed design work can now begin on the £3.26m scheme, with public consultation taking place on the design work has finished.

The council are hoping to keep disruption to a minimum during the construction phase, which is expected to begin next year.