A huge underground tank has been installed in Jarrow in a bid to make flooding problems a thing of the past.
The tank, the bottom of which is seven metres below ground, has been constructed under the King George playing fields to help prevent flooding.
It is part of a £7.5million scheme to upgrade the Lindisfarne and John Reid roundabouts and Leam Lane (A194).
The tank, which can hold up to 1,150 cubic metres of water, is designed to significantly reduce the risk of flooding, which has occurred in this area repeatedly over recent years.
It works by storing water during an intense period of rainfall and holding it until the rain has subsided enough to allow the water to be pumped at a controlled rate back into the existing highway drainage system.
Coun Allan West, lead member for housing and transport on South Tyneside Council, said: “This area has a history of flooding, and the tank will help minimise the risk of further problems.
This area has a history of flooding and the tank will help minimise the risk of further problemsCoun Allan West
“The top of the tank is 4m below the fields. The fields will be reseeded and you would never even know the tank is there.
“The flood alleviation works are part of the wider scheme to reduce congestion and improve traffic flow and safety at this main gateway in and out of South Tyneside.”
The tank, constructed by main contractor Galliford Try Infrastructure Ltd, has been designed for a one in30- year storm intensity, with an additional allowance for climate change of 20% increase in volume.
The Lindisfarne scheme involves widening both roundabouts and most of the dual carriageway in between, from two to three lanes in both directions.