Lights to replace roundabout

Billy Mill Roundabout, at North Shields, which could be replaced by a signalised junction under council plans.
Billy Mill Roundabout, at North Shields, which could be replaced by a signalised junction under council plans.

Major changes to one of the borough’s busiest roads are to be unveiled next week.

Plans have been drawn up for alterations at the east end of the A1058 Coast Road after North Tyneside Council secured around £6.5m through a bid to the North East Local Enterprise Partnership for the North East Local Growth Fund.

The council said the aim is to reduce congestion, improve road safety and enhance the Coast Road Cycle Route.

The plans include replacing Billy Mill roundabout with a signalised junction, providing two lanes eastbound along Beach Road.

And at Norham Road junction, the plans are for two northbound and two southbound lanes plus signalising the slip road junctions.

Coun Frank Lott, cabinet member responsible for economic development, said: “It’s really important that we have the necessary infrastructure to help ensure this is a thriving and prosperous borough as well as a great place to live.

“The Coast Road is one of the busiest routes in North Tyneside and we’re delighted to have successfully applied for funding to improve it. I would encourage residents to attend one of our drop-in events to find out more.”

Work is due to begin in July, starting at Norham Road, and will last for around nine months. Two drop-in events are being held for residents to get more information about the proposals.

They will take place at Balkwell Community Welfare Association “The Hut”, Heaton Terrace, North Shields, from 2pm to 8pm on Wednesday, February 25; and 2pm to 6.30pm the following day.