Driving ahead with road improvement schemes

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

Motorists are being advised of potential delays as two major road schemes begin to take shape.

Roadworks will start today (Thursday) on the A193 Wallsend Road, between the High Flatworth/East Howdon Bypass roundabout and Norham Road/Waterville Road roundabout.

The work is to enable the set-up of a traffic contraflow ahead of a scheme to repair Wallsend Road Bridge, which is due to start soon.

And from Monday, there will be off-peak lane restrictions on the A1058 Beach Road, between the A192 Tynemouth Pool roundabout and Billy Mill roundabout, as part of the Coast Road Improvement Scheme.

Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for housing and transport, said: “We’re making a big investment in North Tyneside’s highway network.

“As with all highway improvement schemes, there will be times road users will be inconvenienced, however we are determined to keep everyone informed about the work programme and keep traffic moving.

“I would encourage people to subscribe to our regular e-bulletin to ensure they get up to date information so they can keep their journey times to a minimum.”

The improvement work on Wallsend Road Bridge will see the old concrete, which is suffering from fatigue, being blasted off and replacing it with new.

From today, for around ten days, the inside lane on both sides of the bridge will be closed and a 30mph speed limit introduced to allow for the central barrier to be removed so a traffic contraflow can be set up when the main bridge repairs start.

North Tyneside Council’s £7.2m A1058 Coast Road Improvement Scheme is aiming to make journeys quicker and safer.

From Monday, a variety of work will be carried out in the area of the A1058 Beach Road ahead of the provision of two eastbound lanes to the A192 Tynemouth Pool roundabout.

The work includes digging trial holes to ensure all underground services have been located; the installation of new highway drainage; removal of street lighting columns and preparatory work to set up the site compound.

Between 9.30am to 3.30pm, Beach Road will be reduced to a single lane in both directions. An enforceable 30mph will be in place at all times of day for the safety of the public and workforce.

The island crossing point on Beach Road near Billy Mill roundabout will also be out of use for pedestrians at times.

Meanwhile, in the area of Norham Road Bridge, trial holes are being dug to ensure all underground services have been located. And BT Openreach is also carrying out cable diversion work - this may require minor footpath diversions.

For any queries, please email roads@northtyneside.gov.uk or call (0191) 643 6500.