Drivers warned to expect delays as South Shields junction works set to start next week
Work to widen a road in South Shields will begin on Monday - and is expected to take around 18 weeks.
As part of the next phase of junction improvement works, the carriageway on Crossgate, opposite South Shields Town Hall, is to be widened to include a bus-only lane.
The improvements are in preparation for the town’s new transport interchange, which will require route changes for buses.
Motorists are advised to expect delays as the roadworks will require periods of traffic management.
Work will be suspended in the run up to the Christmas period.
Councillor Mark Walsh, lead member for housing and transport, said: “There are going to be highway changes associated with construction of the new transport interchange, and some bus routes will be altered.
“This lane addition will help ensure that buses keep running to timetable around the town centre.
“We will do all we can to minimise delays, however while the works are ongoing there will be some disruption to traffic on Crossgate.
“We would advise people to use an alternative route or leave a little extra time for their journey.
“As always, we thank people for their patience.”
The former PDQ Homes offices, on adjacent Charlotte Terrace, was demolished earlier this year to accommodate the additional lane.
The transport interchange is Phase Two of South Tyneside Council’s South Shields 365 regeneration masterplan.