Work on roundabout to begin

The ongoing regeneration of North Shields is not just about the town centre and the Fish Quay, many other improvements around the town are also happening.

Next week (Mon 21st) work is due to commence on a major project to improve traffic flow and safety in and out of the town, from the South West. The work is expected to be completed by the end of January.

For many years we’ve all known that the five-arm roundabout at the bottom of Coach Lane (where it connects to Howdon Road, Prudhoe Street, Waterville Road and Trinity Terrace) is far from ideal. It is tricky to navigate on four wheels or two, as well as being difficult for pedestrians and prone to gathering flood water in the wet. Thankfully this is set to change through a new scheme.

The council have secured external funding from the “Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund” to support the delivery of this project which will include:

• Installing a new circular central island to help the roundabout function more effectively. The centre of the roundabout is currently a “capsule” shape.
• Relocating crossing points on the Prudhoe Terrace and Prudhoe Street arms of the roundabout to better accommodate pedestrians and cyclists.
• Installing a new zebra crossing on the Waterville Road arm of the roundabout, to improve safety on the school run. The bus stop here will be moved slightly west.
• Constructing a new splitter island with pedestrian crossing on Trinity Terrace.
• Installing new gullies in the area to improve drainage.
• Resurfacing the surrounding area.
• Extending pedestrian guardrails.

Trinity Terrace will be closed for the duration of the work and a diversion will be in place, see map below. There will also be 4-way traffic lights in place which are likely to create tailbacks at busy times. If you can take an alternative route for the weeks ahead that may be a good idea.

Please drop me a line on my council email address if you have any specific questions.

Diversion map

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