Coast Road Realignment to Start

Posted by: Kaye Russell on 08 November 2022 09:39

Work is set to start on an ambitious scheme to realign a popular South Tyneside coastal route to help protect it from erosion.

The project will see a 500m section of the A183 Coast Road, between Marsden Lime Kilns and the caravan site near the Marsden Grotto, moved 24m inland and away from the clifftops.

Work is set to start later this month to realign the Coast Road in South Shields.
Work is set to start later this month to realign the Coast Road in South Shields.

It comes after a survey in 2019 identified that parts of the route would be compromised in future due to the ongoing erosion of the cliff face, including the formation of caves.

The scheme will get underway from Monday 21 November and is expected to be completed next summer.

Councillor Ernest Gibson, Lead Member for Transport and Neighbourhoods at South Tyneside Council and Chairman of the LGA Coastal Special Interest Group (SIG), said: "This scenic route is well used by residents and visitors, but it's future is compromised in its current position.

"Realigning the road and bringing it further inland in this location is essential for public safety. It will preserve this important route for decades to come while supporting the natural erosion of the cliffs in this area.

"The project has taken years of planning, with careful consideration given to maintaining the area's natural and historical features. We are delighted to be in a position where we can now start on site."

It is expected that the scheme will extend the lifespan of the coastal route by around 50 years. A longer-term option will be explored once the new road is in place.

The coastal footpath has already been 'rolled back' to a safe location and away from the cliff edge in conjunction with the landowner, the National Trust.

Now work will begin to move the road away from the clifftop at the closest point following the successful acquisition of the land in an exchange between the Council and the National Trust and the appointment of contractor Howard Civil Engineering to deliver the scheme.

The area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and Special Area of Conservation due to its proximity to local wildlife habitats and near Marsden Lime Kilns, a scheduled monument.

Specialist survey and monitoring works will be undertaken throughout the scheme to ensure there is no adverse impact on the Lime Kilns. Habitats within the site boundary will also be reinstated once the road has been repositioned, with the existing road excavated and returned to grassland.

The current cycle and bridleway will be maintained along the realigned section.

The route will remain open for Coast Road users, with two-way signals in place. However, it is likely that some overnight closures will be needed in the later stages of the scheme to enable surfacing works to be carried out.

For further information about the project visit

Residents who have any queries can contact the Council's project team on (0191) 427 7000or email


Last modified: 08 November 2022 09:42