Work due to start on improving key junction

Billy Mill Roundabout at North Shields.'REF 1707131832
Billy Mill Roundabout at North Shields.'REF 1707131832

Work is due to start on a £7.2m project to reduce congestion on one of North Tyneside’s busiest junctions.

Motorists are being advised that from Monday, November 30, roadworks will be in place as work starts to improve the A1058 Coast Road at Billy Mill roundabout.

Work, being managed by North Tyneside Council’s partner Capita, will start with the diversion of underground cables on the B1316 Lynn Road and the A1058 Beach Road, near the roundabout.

This will be carried out during off-peak hours – 9.30am to 3pm – and is expected to last around two to three weeks.

Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for transport, said: “It is fantastic news for the borough that we have been able to secure such significant investment in our roads infrastructure.

“These improvements will make the road safer for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists, help traffic move more easily and remove some significant pinch points.

“We appreciate the impact of this type of project but are committed to keeping disruption to a minimum.

“We have set up a newsletter to keep road users up to date with the improvement programme.”

BT Openreach will be diverting its cables that connect from Lynn Road to a mast and junction boxes on the north side of Beach Road.

There will be no impact on Beach Road traffic and pedestrians will be able to continue to use the northern footpath.

On Lynn Road, during the first week of works, the pedestrian footpath will require a temporary diversion onto the highway at the approach to Billy Mill Roundabout.

This will result in the Lynn Road approach being reduced to a single lane during off-peak hours (9.30am to 3pm).

Additionally, the island crossing point on Lynn Road near Billy Mill Roundabout will be out of use for pedestrians for this first week. An alternative temporary crossing point will be provided further along Lynn Road in advance of the junction.

When the works on Lynn Road are completed, the restrictions will be lifted, however the island crossing point on Beach Road near Billy Mill Roundabout will then be out of use.

An alternative crossing point will be located further along Beach Road, in advance of the Esso Garage/Tesco Express. However, the recommended crossing route for pedestrians seeking to travel between Lynn Road and Regent Terrace is via the Coast Road underpass.

In support of this, the School Crossing Patrol Officer who is usually situated at the Beach Road island, will operate on Regent Terrace to help children use the underpass.

If you have any queries during the project, please email roads@northtyneside.gov.uk or call (0191) 643 6500.

To subscribe to a regular e-bulletin about the project, email roads@northtyneside.gov.uk