Good news for drivers as Felling bypass roadworks end early

Roadworks have finished early on the A184 Felling Bypass.
Roadworks have finished early on the A184 Felling Bypass.

Roadworks which have caused delays for drivers on the Felling bypass for the last month have finished early.

The roadworks on the A184 were carried out to lay underground pipes for the District Energy Centre, and were completed more than two weeks ahead of schedule.

Gateshead Council’s contractor Clancy Docwra has been working on Park Road to lay the gas pipe to get a supply to the energy centre in Quarryfield Road.

That work has been completed more than two weeks ahead of schedule.

One lane has been closed, causing congestion at times in the westbound lanes on the A184 between St James Road and Albany Road.

The council opted to schedule this work after the Great North Run and Rugby World Cup and before the run up to Christmas.

Phase one of the roadworks, to enable cables to be laid, was scheduled for the quieter summer school holiday period, and this also minimised the impact on traffic.

Paul Dowling, strategic director, communities and environment, said: “Residents and motorists have heeded our advice to leave extra time for their journeys and use public transport where possible during the roadworks.

“We appreciate the roadworks have been an inconvenience for motorists but are delighted they have been completed ahead of schedule.

"This vital work to lay the underground routes for utilities marks the real start of work on our innovative District Energy Scheme.

"This exciting project will not only provide cheaper heat and electricity for businesses, it will also cut carbon emissions.”

The innovative District Energy Scheme will allow heat and electricity to be generated locally and fed directly to public buildings, businesses and local homes in Gateshead. The construction programme for the scheme began in October, with equipment being installed in customer buildings.. The ground breaking at the Energy Centre site took place in June.

Both heat and power will be delivered from the energy centre in Quarryfield Road, via the dedicated network, stretching over 3km from the south bank of the Tyne into central Gateshead.

The first heat and power will be produced in 2016.