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Works starts on £100,000 parking scheme

the bay ahead ... Coun Jim Foreman and Warren Cooke, of South Tyneside Councils highways and engineering services team, oversee work on the new parking bays.

the bay ahead ... Coun Jim Foreman and Warren Cooke, of South Tyneside Councils highways and engineering services team, oversee work on the new parking bays.

WORK has started on a new £100,000 parking scheme to help ease congestion on a South Tyneside estate.

An additional 22 parking spaces are being created at the Dell sports pavilion and playing pitches to help improve traffic flow along Quarry Lane in Cleadon Park, South Shields.

The parking scheme is being undertaken by South Tyneside Council in partnership with public transport operator Stagecoach North East in a bid to minimise congestion for bus services using the route.

It is hoped that the improvements will lead to the half-hour frequency of the No12 bus service, used by many pensioners heading to Harton Nook and South Shields town centre, being reinstated in the future.

They have been reduced to an hourly frequency as drivers are unable to keep to their timetables due to traffic jams.

Coun Jim Foreman, the council’s lead member for housing and transport and ward member for Cleadon Park, said: “I’m really pleased to see construction work under way on providing these new bays at the sports pavilion.

“During busy times, there have not been enough parking spaces for visitors, which has led to people parking their cars in Quarry Lane, but this, in turn, caused problems with congestion, as well as impacting on journey times for public transport.

“Parking and congestion issues are not always easy to resolve, but the creation of these extra spaces should make it easier for people using the sports pavilion, motorists driving along Quarry Lane and for bus companies using this route.”

The scheme is being funded through the Tyne and Wear local transport plan.

A spokesman for Stagecoach North East said: “We welcome these highways improvements by South Tyneside Council and hope they will reduce delays from congestion significantly.

“We will monitor the impact, as this should help towards our ultimate aim of reinstating the final three peak journeys, giving a half-hourly service throughout the day on the No12.”

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