Temporary road works as New Tyne Crossing builds new features for Jarrow

20th July 2011

Temporary traffic management measures will be implemented in Jarrow during July and August 2011 as works towards completion of the New Tyne Crossing are carried out.

On Sunday 24th July Howard Street Bridge (the section of the A185 that crosses the A19 above the Tyne Tunnel) will be closed to traffic in both directions between 7am and 7pm. A diversion via Priory Road, Chaytor Street, Ellison Place and Ellison Street will be in place. Pedestrian routes along A185 Howard Street will be maintained at all times during these works.

This temporary road closure is necessary to enable reinforced beams to be placed above the original Tyne vehicle Tunnel, replacing the 1967-built sun visor that was demolished in May this year.

A 500 tonne crane will be positioned on Howard Street Bridge during the road closure to lower the 40 tonne, 20 metre long beams into place. Once work on this section of the site is complete the area will be landscaped and opened up to public use for the first time since the original vehicular tunnel was built during the 1960s.

From Monday 25th July for a period of approximately four weeks temporary traffic lights will be installed on Chaytor Street in Jarrow to enable a new roundabout to be built. The roundabout will be located at the junction of Ferry Street, Chaytor Street, and the road leading to the Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels.

While the works take place it will also be necessary to close part of Ferry Street (the section of road adjacent to the ventilation chimney serving the original vehicle tunnel). There will be no through route for traffic along Ferry Street to Chaytor Street. Access from Ferry Street to Shakespeare Street, South Back Shakespeare Street, Spenser Street and Milton Street will also be closed during this period. Motorists will be asked to use alternative routes via Staple Road, High Street, Monkton Terrace, Howard Street, Ellison Street, Ellison Place and Chaytor Street.

Pedestrian movements will be maintained along all routes during these works and the Tyne Tunnel will remain open at all times.

TT2, the Tyne Tunnel Concessionaire, and Bouygues Travaux Publics UK, the main design and build contractor, would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused by these works, which will bring new features to Jarrow as part of the landscape masterplan.