Project proves to be ‘considerate’

Project manager Tom Jeffery and site agent Brendan Kearney at the entrance to the site compound on Beach Road.
Project manager Tom Jeffery and site agent Brendan Kearney at the entrance to the site compound on Beach Road.

A multi-million project to improve one of the borough’s busiest roads has been praised.

Capita has been recognised as a ‘considerate constructor’ for the first phase of a £7.2million project to improve road safety and congestion on the A1058 Coast Road.

The company is carrying out the work on behalf of North Tyneside Council, with the initial part providing two lanes eastbound along Beach Road, which joins the Coast Road at Billy Mill Roundabout junction.

It was assessed by the Considerate Constructor Scheme, which seeks to improve the image of the construction industry through responsible conduct and a considerate approach.

The project was found to meet the necessary standard in all five of the scheme’s categories – caring about appearance; respecting the community; protecting the environment; securing everyone’s safety; and valuing the workforce.

Inspectors said: “The site presents a very good image of the industry and goes beyond what is required from the scheme.”

Capita business director Richard Carmichael said: “This is excellent news and an achievement to be proud of for all those involved.

“This is a major highways project and as a result it’s unavoidable that there will be an impact on the local community as well as the wider public. However, we’re working hard to keep disruption and disturbance to a minimum and it’s pleasing that this has been recognised.”

The A1058 Coast Road Improvement Scheme, which is due for completion in 2017, involves:

• At Billy Mill Roundabout junction: replacing the roundabout with a signalised junction; 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; signalising the sliproad junctions; and providing improved facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.

• An e-bulletin about the Coast Road Improvement Scheme, outlining progress and how works may affect people, is issued on a fortnightly basis. To subscribe, email roads@northtyneside.gov.uk and put ‘A1058’ in the subject heading of the email.

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