Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Yes, There Will Be Hold-Ups - but It Will Get Better

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Yes, There Will Be Hold-Ups - but It Will Get Better

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Byline: Sonia Sharma Reporter sonia.sharma@trinitymirror.com

The A194 between the Lindisfarne and John Reid Road Roundabouts in South Shields The A194 between the Lindisfarne and John Reid Road Roundabouts in South Shields AMULTI-MILLION pound road scheme is due to start in a bid to improve a major commuter route in South Tyneside.

Here, we give you all the information about the project and how the work will affect drivers.

What is happening? South Tyneside Council has put together a plan to upgrade the Lindisfarne and John Reid Road roundabouts as well as the A194 Leam Lane in between.

This is one of the busiest routes in the region, connecting to the A19 corridor and used by hundreds of people entering and leaving South Shields.

What will the work involve? There are a number of things on the list. The project will include: | Widening both Lindisfarne and John Reid Road roundabouts and the dual carriageway in between (Leam Lane) from two to three lanes in both directions; | Widening of the east bound approach to the Lindisfarne roundabout and the approach from John Reid Road to the John Reid Road roundabout from two to three lanes; | Carrying out highway drainage work to reduce the risk of flooding at the Lindisfarne roundabout; | Closing the Edinburgh Road exit onto Leam Lane to all traffic, except buses. Entry will remain open to all vehicles | Introducing new pedestrian and cycle facilities, including a new controlled crossing across Leam Lane.

Why has this scheme been put together? The council says the project aims to improve traffic flows, and will help to reduce accidents and ease congestion.

Coun Allan West, lead member for housing and transport, says: "Good transport networks are key to boosting the borough's economy and maximising employment and investment opportunities.

"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.

"Not only will these works cut journey times, especially during rush hours, but it will improve road safety at this location, benefiting both commuters and people who live locally. …

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