Metro bridge closures set to affect road users in South Tyneside

The bridge next to Bede Metro station is one of three which is to be closed for 20 weeks, starting on Monday.
The bridge next to Bede Metro station is one of three which is to be closed for 20 weeks, starting on Monday.

Road users are set to be affected by the long-tern closure of three three bridge in South Tyneside next week.

Work is to be carried out to strengthen three Metro bridges in the borough, and they will be closed to traffic for 20 weeks from Monday.

To carry out the work safely and efficiently, we will need to close the three Metro bridges to traffic

Raymond Johnstone

The £1.1million scheme will affect the Monksway bridge, near Bede Metro station, the Hill Street bridge, in Jarrow, and the Black Road bridge, in Hebburn.

Pedestrians will still be able to use the bridges during the modernisation work, while Metro services will not be affected, and diversionary routes will be signposted where road closures are in place.

The work is being carried out by Nexus, which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro.

Director of rail and infrastructure for Nexus, Raymond Johnstone, said: “To carry out the work safely and efficiently, we will need to close the three Metro bridges to traffic, although walking routes will be kept open throughout.

“I recognise this will cause some disruption for local people, and we have worked with our contractor to keep this to a minimum.

“While pedestrians will still be able to get under the bridges, vehicles will need to use alternative routes, adding two or three minutes to journeys, and these will be clearly signed.”

Bus routes which use Black Road, in Hebburn, will have to make a local diversion, while there have been letter drops in the affected areas to keep people informed about the road closures.

New crash barriers will be installed on the bridges as part of the project, which will be designed to prevent structural damage in the event one is hit by a car or lorry.