Drop-in event to hear new plans for scheme

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Changes to a road improvement scheme in Longbenton will be outlined at an event next week.

North Tyneside Council and its partners are investing £1.5million to improve the A191 Whitley Road and Front Street.

The scheme includes improving the A191/Tyneview Park junction; creating two westbound lanes on the A191 from Tyneview Park to Coach Lane; linking traffic signals from Four Lane Ends to Tyneview Park; and providing enhanced pedestrian-crossing facilities.

Following feedback received during the consultation process, a number of substantial changes have been made to the scheme’s design.

Members of the public are invited to find our more at an information drop-in event on Thursday, February 4, from 4pm to 7pm, at Blue Flames, Whitley Road, Benton.

Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for transport, said: “During our consultation over proposals for improvements to the Old Coast Road, we received some valuable feedback from residents and our team has made changes to the scheme where this has been possible.

“We are now holding a drop-in information event so people can see the changes for themselves.”

Revisions to the scheme include the reinstatement of right-turn pockets on the A191; off-peak parking on the southern side of the A191; and retention of a pedestrian island refuge between Manorfields and Carlton Road.

The work will be managed for the council by its partner Capita.

Anyone who is unable to attend the event and has queries, should email roads@northtyneside.gov.uk or contact (0191) 643 6500.