Street work aiming for improvements

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A MAJOR scheme hoping to improve car parking in a coastal village is due to start next week.

The £100,000 project for Tynemouth Front Street aims to provide an increased turnover of parking spaces, improved traffic flows, a safer pedestrian environment and new road surface.

Work on the four-week first phase is due to start on Monday.

Roads affected will be Front Street, Hotspur Street, Percy Park Road and Allendale Place.

Various road closures and diversions will be in place for the duration of the scheme.

Coun Ed Hodson, cabinet member for the environment, said: “This new parking scheme is good news for residents, visitors and businesses and has been well-received.

“We know car parking in Front Street is in high demand, which makes it difficult for people to find a space.

“Limiting the time of parking will increase the turnover of spaces, which will benefit businesses and improve the vitality of the street.

“There are other improvements too, including a new pedestrian crossing point and the realignment of parking bays to improve the flow of traffic.

“Such a major scheme will inevitably lead to some disruption and I would like to thank people in advance for their patience.

“I can assure everyone that our team will be working flat out to get the work completed as quickly and safely as possible.”

The scheme includes:

n a maximum parking stay of four hours in Front Street during the day;

n realignment of parking spaces in the central reservation;

n introduction of a no stopping restriction in Front Street;

n a new uncontrolled pedestrian crossing, opposite the junction with Hotspur Street;

n the relocation of disabled parking to Hotspur Street;

n dedicated loading bays;

n additional taxi parking;

n a new road surface.

A plan of the works is at www.northtyneside.gov.uk

Further improvements within Tynemouth Village include the introduction of additional yellow line restrictions and extra signage for public car parks.

Other proposals are the extension of residential permit restrictions in streets that experience high levels of non-residential parking.