Roundabout on meeting agenda

A DELEGATION from North Tyneside is to meet the minister for transport to discuss improvements to the Silverlink roundabout.

The meeting with Philip Hammond, pictured, has been arranged by North Tyneside MP Mary Glindon.

Local MPs and council representatives will ask the minister to reconsider his decision to delay planned infrastructure improvements at the busy road junction.

The delays were announced in October last year.

Proposed improvements to the A19/A1058 Coast Road junction were put back until at least 2015.

But with the second Tyne Tunnel opening soon, improvements were labelled as crucial to prevent a bottle neck which would take away the benefits of free flowing traffic through the new tunnel.

Mrs Glindon said the meeting has been arranged for early February.

She said: “I understand the pressures on government funds from across the country on highway and transport schemes, but local councils and local businesses across the region understand the importance of the A19 corridor to the economic regeneration of our area, and all agree that the work to the Silverlink junction is imperative.

“I hope this meeting will be the opportunity for us to make the case directly to the minister and ensure that we don’t have to wait until 2015 to have this matter decided, as our economic prosperity depends on it.”