Delays expected at junction as work due to start on £7m project

Billy Mill Roundabout at North Shields.'REF 1707131832
Billy Mill Roundabout at North Shields.'REF 1707131832

Motorists are being advised of major disruption at one of North Tyneside’s busiest junctions.

Work is due to start this month on replacing Billy Mill roundabout with a new signalised junction.

These are large scale works and we recognise that they will have a significant impact on the journey times of drivers and public transport passengers

Coun John Harrison

North Tyneside Council is spending more than £7m on improving the A1058 Coast Road.

Plans have been drawn up to replace the roundabout with a signalised junction, create two lanes eastbound along Beach Road and improve facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.

And work will also take place at the Norham Road junction, widening the bridge to four lanes and signalising each of the slip road junctions.

Officials are hoping all work will be completed in 2017.

Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for highways, said: “North Tyneside Council and its partners are investing over £7m to improve safety and address congestion on the A1058 Coast Road.

“There have been 154 collisions on the road within a five-year period, including a fatality, which is much higher than the national accident rate for this type of road.

“The Coast Road is also key route for the region and is already very busy with around 45,000 vehicles using the road each day, and by 2029 we expect this will have increased to 51,000.

“It is therefore really important that we do this work. The improvements will mean a safer road and less congestion in the long-term and road users will be able to see real benefits once the work is complete.

“These are large scale works and we recognise that they will have a significant impact on the journey times of drivers and public transport passengers. We are doing all we can to help manage these and to keep people informed about the disruption.”

Residents can sign up to fortnightly electronic bulletins from the council, which provide more detail on the works.

To sign up, email roads@northtyneside.gov.uk and provide the email address the e-bulletin should be sent to. Information will also be available on the council website.

Elsewhere, there could be further delays for drivers as the Highways Agency carry out improvements at the Silverlink junction.

A £140m scheme has been drawn up to lower the A19 Silverlink roundabout, creating a free-flowing north-south link.

The Highway Agency has submitted an application for a development consent order to the planning inspectorate, which if approved by the Secretary of State for Transport, could see construction work start in Spring 2016.

Work is scheduled to finish in summer 2018.

The Agency has appointed John Sisk & Son and Lagan Construction Group as contractors on a £40m contract to improve the A19/A1058 Coast Road.

Highways England assistant project manager Darlene Procter said: “This scheme will improve journey times on the A19 by reducing congestion and improving safety for the thousands of drivers that use this junction each day.

“The A19 is a vital strategic link providing access to the Tyne Tunnel Trading Estate, Silverlink Retail Park, Cobalt Business Park and south east Northumberland.”

John Sisk & Son Ltd’s civils UK general manager Wayne Metcalfe said: “We are delighted to be working with Highways England alongside our joint venture partner, Lagan Construction Group, to safely deliver this vital junction improvement.”

Lagan Construction Group operations director John Cunningham said: “We look forward to delivering a significant infrastructure project on behalf of Highways England.”

The scheme will also improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists by providing two new shared use bridges over the A1058 slip roads.