Work carried out to improve pedestrian subway

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A subway has been given a makeover as part of a road improvement scheme.

Work has been taking place over the last few months to improve the eastern end of the A1058 Coast Road and Billy Mill roundabout.

And as part of North Tyneside Council’s A1058 Coast Road Improvement Scheme, the Coast Road subway – which has been used as a diversion route for pedestrians during the work – has been redesigned to improve its functionality and appearance.

Officials at the local authority have taken the opportunity to make improvements for pedestrians, including the disabled.

The underpass has been in use more frequently in recent months as it is has been a diversion route for pedestrians since the removal of the pedestrian crossing on Beach Road.

Managed by the local authority’s partner Capita, the scheme has involved the cleaning and repainting of the subway, after it was damaged by fire in 2015.

As a result, the work will make it easier to use for people with visual impairments.

It is now the first subway in North Tyneside where its colour scheme aims to benefit people who are visually impaired, with the handrails and stair edges painted yellow.

Council officials say further works are also planned to improve the external signage to the subway.