A key transport network could be radically changed if a multi-million improvement scheme is given the green light.
An £8.7m improvement project has been drawn up for the A1058 Coast Road by North Tyneside Council to help keep traffic moving.
And the scheme is expected to be included in a programme of 11 local major projects totalling £58.1m which will be submitted by the newly formed North East Local Transport Body to the Department for Transport for information.
The proposals for the Coast Road include:
• capacity enhancements and traffic lights at Billy Mill roundabout, as well as bus priority;
• enhancements and traffic lights at the junction of the Coast Road and Norham Road in North Shields;
• associated improvements including speed management measures – such as average speed cameras – from the boundary with Newcastle to Billy Mill roundabout.
The scheme has been included on the list identified as benefitting transport and supporting communities and economic growth across the north east.
After being given the amber light by the North East Local Transport Body, the scheme will progress to the next stage of development, which will include consultation and detailed design prior to it being submitted to the transport body for final approval.
Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “This is excellent news; the seven north east councils have a very successful record of working together on major issues and we all share an ambition to create the best possible conditions for growth in jobs, investment and living standards for the benefit of the region as a whole.
“The Coast Road is an exceptionally busy route linking the coast to our towns, industrial estates and business parks.
“This scheme will improve safety and general traffic flows, as well as benefitting public transport, supporting businesses and industrial estates in the area.
“By working together, we are able to make a better case for investment and show our determination to make a real difference to the lives of local people.”