Rain closes South Tyneside roads - where to avoid

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COMMUTERS were facing long journeys home this afternoon as several roads were closed as heavy rain continued to pour on South Tyneside.

Update from Northumbria Police at 8pm:

* The A19 northbound from Durham into Northumbria Police area is closed and is expected to be until around midnight - diversions in place via A1018 Ryhope. Southbound is open. Traffic in the area is still heavy.

* The A19 in South Tyneside is open in both directions with a minor closure on filter lane leading to A184.

* Benton Road, Whiteleas closed due to flooding and a collision.

* Western Approach/Tyne Dock is open and passable with care - delays expected.

Roads closed included:

* A19 northbound between Testo’s roundabout and the Tyne Tunnel - NOW PARTIALLY OPEN

* Victoria Terrace, East Boldon

* A19 sliproad A194 westbound

* Traffic lights are out at the Lindisfarne and Simonside roundabouts, but they are passable with care

* Moor Lane, Whitburn

The following roads have experienced surface water flooding but are currently passable with extreme care:

* A184 westbound between Testo’s and White Mare Pool

* York Avenue (northbound only)

* Cleadon Lane from Cleadon Village to Whitburn

* A1018 at junction with Whitburn Road

* Newcastle Road at junction with John Reid Road

* Lindisfarne roundabout westbound

* Durham Drive, Fellgate

* Lichfield Way, Fellgate

* Kennedy’s Corner, Tyne Dock

* Western Approach, Tyne Dock

* The Metro crossing at East Boldon is flooded but passable with care. Police and Nexus are in attendance.