Work on A185 corridor to combat congestion in South Tyneside

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Work on the A185 corridor between Jarrow and Hebburn to relieve congestion through South Tyneside will commence next week

Construction work on the A185 corridor between Jarrow and Hebburn will focus on traffic signal upgrades and improved lane markings at a number of key junctions.

South Tyneside Council officials say the work will help improve traffic flow, reduce bus journey times and, as a result, boost air quality.

Work on the A185 corridor scheme

The £900,000 A185 corridor scheme will start in the first week of January and is expected to be completed by early spring.

The work will be carried out in phases, using temporary traffic lights with lane closures. Some overnight full closures will be required towards the end of the scheme to allow for resurfacing. There will be fully signed diversions in place.

The scheme will focus predominantly on the A185’s three strategic junctions at Albert Road, Station Road/Victoria Road West and Mill Lane, as well as the Ellison Street/Station Street.

The work will be carried out by the council’s in-house construction team.

Councillor Mark Walsh, lead member for housing and transport, said: “This is a busy road with numerous junctions which can get quite congested.

“The scheme will focus on optimising signal timings and sequencing to maximise the throughput of vehicles.

“The signals are all linked to cameras at the regional traffic management centre, so can be adjusted as and when needed.

“As always, our teams will work to keep disruption to a minimum and we thank drivers in advance for their patience.”

The A185 corridor scheme was awarded £645,000 from tranche 1 of the Transforming Cities Fund. The fund focuses on cycling improvements, intelligent transport solutions and bus improvements at congestion points across the network.

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