A FAMOUS South Shields street – which is a gateway between the town centre and the seafront – is to have a further £3.5m injected into it.
Ocean Road is known nationwide for its vibrant mix of restaurants, guest houses and B&Bs.
A new road surface, high-quality paving and boulevard-style rows of hornbeam trees have already been completed at the Anderson Road end of Ocean Road, close to the town centre.
Now work has begun to improve the appearance of the street between Baring Street and Lawe Road.
This includes providing a new road layout with better positioned parking bays as well as new footpaths which will be widened on the southern side.
New trees and public art will also be installed.
Coun John Anglin, the council’s lead member for regeneration and economy, said: “Ocean Road is an important cultural asset attracting millions of visitors to its array of restaurants, B&Bs and guest houses every year.
“It also acts as a key link between South Shields town centre and our stunning seafront.
“These improvement works are all about making the street more attractive and inviting for residents and visitors, and will help to draw seafront visitors into our town centre.
“We are delighted to see work starting on the next phase of the scheme. The regeneration is going to make a huge difference to the area, and we look forward to seeing it completed.”
Phase Two comes after major flood prevention works, which were led by Northumbrian Water and followed by council-led works along Ocean Road and the surrounding streets.
This work to improve the drainage of surface water will continue in the Lawe Top area while the next phase of Ocean Road improvements get under way. Phase Two is expected to be completed in the autumn.
Traffic management measures will be put in place during the works where necessary to enable the works to be carried out.
Coun Tracey Dixon, the authority’s lead member for area management and community safety, said: “We are working to create a more pedestrian-friendly environment for residents and visitors to Ocean Road by improving road safety and providing better parking facilities.
“The council will be working hard to minimise disruption to residents, businesses and visitors while the regeneration works are ongoing, and we thank local residents and businesses for their continued patience and understanding. We are confident that the improvements will be of real long-term benefits to everyone in Ocean Road.”