Traffic lights improvement scheme
South Tyneside is set to benefit from a series of traffic light upgrades on major bus routes across the region.
Funded by the region's Transforming Cities Fund programme, £1.8 million will be invested in modernising and connecting traffic lights across the borough.
Aims of the project
Overall, the work aims to:
- prioritise buses at key junctions to help improve bus reliability and journey times
- reduce congestion affecting public transport
- improve air quality
- help to encourage people out of their cars and on to public transport
What improvements will be carried out
Across South Tyneside, 29 junctions which are controlled by traffic lights will be upgraded or renewed.
They are located along the following main bus routes:
- Newcastle to South Shields
- Sunderland to South Shields
- John Reid Road, South Shields
- A184 through Boldon
View our map of junctions that will be upgraded
Work started in April 2022, focusing on the smaller crossings in the area.
In July 2022 we began improvements to the more busier junctions.
The project is expected to be complete by summer 2023.
Any disruption will be short in duration and where possible we will avoid peak times.
Temporary traffic lights will be used at the junctions while the work is taking place.
Pedestrian crossings will also be put in place temporarily if needed.
If you have a query or need more information, email email@example.com.
All enquires will be responded to within five working days. We will, of course, aim to respond sooner.
The work is part of a wider project to improve bus journey times across the North East.
We're working with our neighbouring local councils on this initiative, which has received a total investment of nearly £20million from the Transforming Cities Fund.
Read more at: Connecting the North East.