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Driving forward with road improvement schemes

north_tyneside_councilMotorists are advised of roadworks in the North Shields area as a result of two improvement schemes.

From Thursday, January 14 there will be lane restrictions on the A193 Wallsend Road, between the High Flatworth/East Howdon Bypass roundabout and Norham Road/Waterville Road roundabout.

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

And from Monday, January 18, 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.

Both projects are being managed on behalf of North Tyneside Council by its partner Capita.

Cllr 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.”

Wallsend Road Bridge

Wallsend Road Bridge was built in 1966 and its concrete is suffering from fatigue. The improvement scheme involves blasting off the old concrete and replacing it with new.

From Thursday, January 14, for around 10 days, the inside lane on both sides of the bridge will be closed and an enforceable 30mph speed limit introduced for the safety of the public and workforce.

This is for works, which include the removal of the central barrier that will enable a traffic contraflow to be set-up when the main bridge repairs start.

The pedestrian crossing point on Wallsend Road, to the west of the roundabout, will be out of use during the works.

Coast Road Improvement Scheme

The £7.2million A1058 Coast Road Improvement Scheme will make journeys safer and quicker for drivers, public transport users, pedestrians and cyclists.

From Monday, January 18, a variety of work will be carried out on and 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.

During off-peak periods (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. An alternative temporary crossing point will be provided further along Beach Road in advance of the junctions.

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.

To subscribe to a regular e-bulletin about the Coast Road Improvement Scheme, which will also include any updates on the Wallsend Road Bridge works, emailroads@northtyneside.gov.uk

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