Crossing point to be removed for scheme

Billy Mill Roundabout at North Shields.
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Billy Mill Roundabout at North Shields. REF 1707131842

Pedestrians are being advised that a key crossing point is being removed as part of a major road scheme.

From today (Thursday), the pedestrian crossing on Beach Road, nearest the Billy Mill roundabout, will be removed as part of the A1058 Coast Road Improvement Scheme.

The alternative recommended crossing for pedestrians seeking to travel between Lynn Road and Regent Terrace is the Coast Road underpass.

The school crossing patrol officer, usually situated on Beach Road, will move to Regent Terrace to help pupils access the underpass.

The crossing will be closed until works are complete on Beach Road, which is expected in late May 2016.

Meanwhile, the temporary traffic signals that were at this crossing point near Billy Mill roundabout will be moved to the temporary crossing point near Whitecliff Close.

Officials at North Tyneside Council have made the decision after feedback from pedestrians who requested that it is made easier to cross Beach Road at this point.

There is also an island crossing near Ludlow Avenue.

For safety reasons, pedestrians should not attempt to walk along the footpath on the northern side of Beach Road.

The Coast Road Improvement project is due for completion in 2017.

It involves:

• at Billy Mill Roundabout junction: replacing the roundabout with a junction controlled by traffic signals; providing two lanes eastbound along Beach Road; and delivering improved facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.

• at Norham Road Bridge: widening the bridge to four lanes; adding traffic signals to the sliproad junctions; and providing improved facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.