Disruption to return at bridge

Roadworks at Monkseaton metro bridge.
Roadworks at Monkseaton metro bridge.

MOTORISTS are set for further disruption when work once again gets under way on the road bridge over the Metro in Monkseaton Front Street.

From the start of the school holidays on Monday, July 23, traffic lights will be placed on the bridge and will remain until November.

In a letter to nearby residents, director general of Nexus, Bernard Garner, said: “I understand the inconvenience this work, and the traffic controls around it, is causing local people and I want to apologise for this.

“This project, led by Nexus, is vital to ensure the bridge remains open to road users long in the future.”

The bridge has main gas, electricity, water and telephone supplies within its structure.

The work will be suspended over the Christmas period and then resume in January until the end of March.

Nexus say this will allow it to replace the second of two parapets on the bridge.

The Metro operator has written to around 10,000 homes in Whitley Bay informing people of the plans and inviting them to the two drop-in sessions.

Residents who would like to meet members of the companies working on the project and pass on their views can do so at Crosskeys Hall, Elmwood Road in Monkseaton, on Tuesday from 4pm until 8pm and on Thursday from 10am until 2pm.

Anyone who is unable to make either event but does wish to speak to a member of the Nexus team should contact Jim Grady, community relations officer, on (0191) 203 3232 or e-mail jim.grady@nexus.org.uk

Mr Garner added: “We have planned works to reduce disruption to local people, and they will start during the school summer holiday, be suspended in the run-up to Christmas, and be completed in the new year.

“The engagement events are a chance for people to find out more and discuss the project with our engineers so we can take on board local comments before work starts.”