The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has heralded the importance of a major highways upgrade in Jarrow, as part of a campaign to raise awareness of the work of engineers.
The work to improve the Lindisfarne junction, which is south of the Tyne Tunnels on the A19, has become one of a handful of North East projects to be presented a nationally renowned ‘This is Civil Engineering’ banner by ICE.
The banner recognises the importance of the £7.5 million upgrade, which is being carried out by civil engineering contractor Galliford Try Infrastructure Limited on behalf of South Tyneside Council, as a high-profile example of the work of civil engineers.
The Lindisfarne scheme is the first of a wider programme of strategic transport investment projects that are intended to reduce congestion, reinforce the economic potential of the A19 corridor and establish a strategic gateway into South Tyneside.
It aims to improve traffic flows and cut journey times, especially at peak times, and reduce the number of accidents in this location, to commuters and people who live in the surrounding residential areas.
It is estimated that commuters that travel both ways through the junction on weekdays, in the car or on public transport, will save up to 26 hours per year because of the upgrade.
In addition to adding extra capacity to the transport network, the work will improve access for cyclists and protect against flooding with a huge 1,125 cubic metre flood attenuation tank. The work was carefully planned to let the Great North Run pass safely through it.
ICE Regional Chairman Graham Yates said: “We’re delighted to recognise the Lindisfarne junction with a ‘This is Civil Engineering’ Banner. It is an excellent example of how the work of civil engineers can bring benefit to both the local community and people that travel through the area.
“This banner and other like it help to increase public awareness of civil engineering projects and what they do for the community. They recognise many different projects, including ones that protect homes and businesses from floods, ensuring our drinking water is clean, or build and maintain the roads and railways that keep us moving.”
Councillor Allan West, Lead Member for Housing and Transport on South Tyneside Council, said: “Lindisfarne is a main gateway for people coming in and out of South Tyneside and for connecting people to the A19, so reducing congestion in this area is a priority for the council.
“Commuters and local people who regularly use this route are going to benefit hugely from these improvements.
“Alongside our contractor Galliford Try Infrastructure, we have worked hard to minimise disruption and engage with local residents, responding to their feedback and suggestions and we thank them for their cooperation and patience.”