A £3.5million transformation of South Tyneside’s most famous street is now complete.
Over recent years, South Tyneside Council has been carrying out regeneration works along Ocean Road in South Shields, which is known nationwide for its array of restaurants, guest houses and B&Bs.
A wide range of environmental improvements have been made to the area.
These have included better street furniture, the creation of new gateway features and the removal of signage and clutter.
The new road layout has involved the road width being reduced with better positioned parking bays, as well as the provision of a new free car park.
And former traffic-calming measures have been removed to aid traffic flow and reduce congestion, and a new 20mph limit introduced.
Footpaths have also been widened on the southern side, high quality paving installed and boulevard-style rows of hornbeam trees have been planted.
The regeneration project has aimed to make the street more pedestrian- friendly and inviting for residents and visitors, in turn helping to draw more seafront visitors to the town centre and to create better links between both areas.
Councillor Tracey Dixon, lead member for area management at South Tyneside Council, is delighted with the result, which she believes “gives Ocean Road a fresh new look and feel”.
She added: “The spruce- up makes the whole street scheme more attractive, while the new road layout has helped to create a safer environment with better parking facilities.
“Flood prevention works have also been essential for a street that faced repeated flooding at times of heavy rainfall.
“We would like to thank local traders for their patience during the scheme. Now the work is complete we look forward to reaping the real long-term benefits it will bring to the town.”
The tree-lined Ocean Road is home to numerous restaurants and guest houses.
Scott Carlucci, owner of The Clifton Hotel, is among the local businesses to welcome the improvements. He said: “The improvements are fantastic and pave the way for future success. They make the street look more attractive and glamorous.”