New crossing installed as work nears completion on £7.5million roadworks tackling blackspot roundabouts

Work underway at Lindisfarne Roundabout
Work underway at Lindisfarne Roundabout

Work is nearing completion on a multi-million upgrade on one of South Tyneside’s main commuter routes.

A new road crossing has been installed to enhance safety around the Lindisfarne Rundabout.

The toucan crossing, which is now operational, is the latest feature to take shape on the £7.5m project.

The scheme, which is on schedule to finish in July, has involved widening both Lindisfarne and John Reid Road roundabouts and most of the dual carriageway in between from two to three lanes in both directions.

The new push-button crossing point, for pedestrians and cyclists, is on Leam Lane, between the Lindisfarne roundabout and Edinburgh Road.

It is currently operating independently but will shortly be linked to the signals on the Lindisfarne and John Reid Road roundabouts and will coordinate with each set of lights so that delays are minimised during peak periods.

There are currently temporary road markings in place and will be replaced with permanent markings once the resurfacing is completed.

Coun Allan West, lead member for housing and transport at South Tyneside Council, said: “The safety of road users is of paramount importance to us.

“This is an extremely busy route and the new crossing will replace the informal crossing point at the Lindisfarne roundabout which is no longer suitable due to the widening of the carriageway.

“The existing footbridge over Leam Lane will remain in place, however this may be too far to walk, and can prove difficult for people with mobility issues.”

The scheme, which started last July, is the first of a wider programme of strategic transport investment projects that are proposed to help reduce congestion, reinforce the economic potential of the A19 corridor and establish a strategic gateway into South Tyneside.

The project received £6.1m from the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) as part of the North East Growth Deal from Government.