Traffic lights to make a comeback just days after being taken down

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TRAFFIC lights on a Monkseaton road bridge will be put back in place to allow water main works to be carried out.

The temporary lights in Front Street have been lifted during the North Tyneside Youth Football Tournament, on at nearby sports fields from today until Saturday.

But the lights will be put back next week so that work to increase mains water supply through pipes buried in the structure of the bridge can be completed.

Ramp access to Monkseaton Metro station’s platform one will be closed intermittently during the work.

Nexus has brought forward this work to take place during the school holidays, reflecting the wishes of residents.

It then plans to suspend all further work on the bridge until summer 2012, leaving it fully open to road users and pedestrians.

Nexus director-general Bernard Garner said: “We are putting the traffic controls back in place to allow Northumbrian Water to complete works necessary to ensure adequate water supply to homes throughout the Whitley Bay area, as the mains supply runs through the bridge.

“I understand the inconvenience that this work, and the traffic controls around it, is causing local people and I want to apologise for this.”

Once the work on water mains is complete, the bridge will be once again fully open to traffic and pedestrians.

Further works are still needed to complete the project, and Nexus is planning these in detail with utility companies and North Tyneside Council, with a view to completion next year.