A major new road project aims to combat traffic congestion between two notorious South Tyneside roundabouts.
The proposals include:-
l Widening both Lindisfarne and John Reid Road roundabouts and most of the dual carriageway in between (Leam Lane) from two to three lanes in both directions;
l Carrying our drainage works to reduce the risk of flooding at the Lindisfarne roundabout;
l Closing the Edinburgh Road exit onto Leam Lane to all traffic, except buses. Entry will remain open to all vehicles
l Introducing new pedestrian and cycle facilities including a new controlled crossing across Leam Lane.
People are being invited to find out more about the work at two public consultation events taking place at Simonside Primary School, Glasgow Road, Jarrow.
They are being held on Tuesday, from 2pm to 8pm, and Saturday, from 10am to 2pm, and will give people a chance to talk to officials about the proposals and raise any queries they may have. Information leaflets are also being distributed to local households and businesses outlining the plans.
Coun Allan West, lead member for transport at South Tyneside Council, said: “We know how frustrating delays can be for residents and commuters. As this area is a main gateway in and out of South Tyneside and connecting to the A19, it is a key priority for improvement work.
“The works aim to improve traffic flows, especially at peak times, as well as reduce the number of accidents in this location.
“We are also planning to carry out some drainage works to alleviate the risk of flooding as well as to provide better routes for pedestrians and cyclists.”
The works are expected to start in spring 2016 and are estimated to take around 12 months to complete.
Both roundabouts and Leam Lane will remain open for the duration of the works, with two lanes in operation at peak periods.
Coun West said: “While these arrangements will help to keep traffic moving at these important junctions, we would still advise motorists to allow extra time for their journeys or plan alternative routes where possible while we carry out the improvements.
“We are committed to keeping disruption to an absolute minimum and would appeal for patience when the scheme gets underway.”
For further information about the scheme call the Council’s Customer Contact Centre on (0191) 427 7000, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.southtyneside.gov.uk/roadworks