Plans to reduce road congestion to go on show

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Multi-million pound plans to improve a busy route in West Allotment are to go on show.

The £4.7m project aims to reduce congestion now and in the future on the A191 New York Road at the northern end of Cobalt Business Park.

The scheme, which is due to start next year, is being funded through the North East Local Enterprise Partnership’s Local Growth Fund.

Details will be revealed at a drop-in event on Thursday, November 5, between 2.15pm and 8pm at West Allotment Community Centre, on Benton Road, West Allotment, NE27 OEP.

Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for housing and transport, said: “We are working with our partners to invest in our road and cycling networks so that we can improve road safety, and reduce journey times for the future.

“We understand that it is important to keep our residents informed about any road improvement works so that motorists can take this into account when planning their journeys.”

The improvement works will involve:

• Adding additional lanes to the roundabout at the A19 Holystone Interchange, and its A19, A191 and A186 approach roads;

• Widening the A191 New York Road to provide two lanes in each direction between the A19 Holystone Interchange and Cobalt Business Park northern access roundabout;

• Removing the ‘merge in turn’ from the westbound exit of the Cobalt Business Park northern access roundabout, and providing an additional lane southbound on The Silverlink North from the northern access roundabout to Quicksilver Way;

• Providing additional crossing facilities for cyclists and pedestrians at the Holystone Interchange.

For further information, contact (0191) 643 6500 or email