Major disruption is expected in Whitley Bay due to gas works.
Road users are being advised that part of the town centre will be closed from next week.
Northern Gas Networks has been carrying out work to renew a gas main along Park View, from the Marden Road/Whitley Road junction to Norham Road junction.
During the scheme, a gas escape has occurred in the centre of the road that will require the closure of Park View at this location. It will be closed on Monday, March 23, for up to three weeks and its bus stops will be temporarily suspended.
Traffic diversions will be in place via Park Avenue and Marine Avenue. Access will be available for deliveries to local businesses and the church via the north entrance (Norham Road/Park View).
The original gas main renewal works, which were scheduled to last around six weeks and have involved priority traffic management arrangements, will be completed approximately three weeks sooner as the road closure will enable more effective working.