Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Period When All Roads Will Lead to Somewhere ...but Slowly; Long 30mph Stretch in Store as Two Schemes Run at Same Time

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Period When All Roads Will Lead to Somewhere ...but Slowly; Long 30mph Stretch in Store as Two Schemes Run at Same Time

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

TWO years of snarl-ups are expected as work begins to build a tripledecker roundabout on Tyneside. Motorists are being warned that the A19 and A1058 Coast Road around the Silverlink junction will have speeds reduced to 30mph until the work finishes in summer 2018.

The PS75m scheme involves lowering the A19 beneath the Coast Road and roundabout, providing a free flowing link.

Highways England says this will reduce congestion and improve safety at what is one of the busiest junctions in the North East. It is estimated that an average of 64,000 vehicles use the Coast Road every day, while 45,000 use the A19.

The project coincides with North Tyneside Council's Coast Road improvement scheme, which will see the Billy Mill roundabout replaced by traffic lights and the Norham Road Bridge widened to four lanes.

The project is already underway and Beach Road is subject to a temporary 30mph speed limit. However, the Coast Road will be also be reduced to 30mph from a point east of Norham Road Bridge from Tuesday, July 5, as work begins to remove Billy Mill roundabout.

This means that from August there will be a continuous 30mph limit from Silverlink to Billy Mill when both schemes are underway.

Rae Turnbull, programme manager for Highways England, said: "This is the first triple decker roundabout of this kind in the North East and is a major project.

"Currently there is considerable congestion and delay at the A19 and A1058 roundabout. When this work is complete, it will reduce congestion and improve safety and traffic flow, which will make businesses more accessible and will benefit the economy.

"While construction is going on, the roads are going to be 30mph and this is necessary for safety. The alternative would be to close the road, which clearly would not be acceptable.

"However we will have two lanes open in each direction on both roads during the project. …

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