Work to begin on busy South Tyneside roundabouts

Traffic backed up along towards the John Reid Road roundabout.
Traffic backed up along towards the John Reid Road roundabout.

Work will start next week on improving two notorious roundabouts in South Tyneside.

Motorists are being advised to leave a little extra time for their journeys as roadworks begin on the £7.5 million scheme to upgrade the Lindisfarne and John Reid roundabouts and Leam Lane (A194).

Leading construction company Galliford Try Infrastructure Limited is delivering the project, which aims to reduce accidents, ease congestion and improve traffic flows for motorists entering and leaving the Borough at this key junction.

The scheme will involve widening both roundabouts and most of the dual carriageway in between from two to three lanes in both directions. It will also include flood alleviation works.

Site set-up and preparation began earlier this month and roadworks will get underway on Monday.

The roundabouts and Leam Lane will remain open for the duration of the works, with two lanes in operation during peak periods. Lanes will be narrowed but this should not cause delays. Outside peak periods motorists are advised to leave extra time for their journey or use an alternative route.

Coun Allan West, Lead Member for Housing and Transport at South Tyneside Council, said: “Good transport networks are key to boosting the Borough’s economy and maximising employment and investment opportunities.

“Lindisfarne is a main gateway for people coming in and out of South Tyneside and for connecting people to the A19, so reducing congestion in this area is a priority for the council.

“Not only will these works cut journey times, especially during rush hours, but it will improve road safety at this location, benefiting both commuters and people who live locally.

“We are also planning to carry out some drainage works to alleviate the risk of flooding as well as to provide better routes for pedestrians and cyclists.”

He added: “Disruption will be kept to a minimum and two lanes will remain open at peak times. However outside these hours it is advisable to allow a little extra time for your journey or find an alternative route.”