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Work Starts Soon On New Green Lane Bridge

Work is expected to start in August on a new £1.5 million replacement bridge at Green Lane, South Shields.
South Tyneside Council has secured funding to build a new re-aligned bridge to replace the existing bridge over the railway line.
The existing bridge is owned by Railtrack and is subject to a weight restriction of 7½ tonnes, limiting the size of buses and goods vehicles which can use this major traffic link.
It was decided that the best solution was for the Council to demolish the old bridge and rebuild on a new alignment at a cost of £1.545 million with a £200,000 contribution from Railtrack. The new Green Lane Bridge will be owned and maintained by the Council.
Design work is now completed and the Council will shortly go out to tender for the construction work, which is expected to take eight months.
During the construction period there will be a total road closure of about eight weeks to allow for demolition. A temporary bus service will link both sides of the bridge.
Councillor John Temple, Deputy Leader of the Council and local ward member said: "It is great news for the area, that we will be getting a brand new, better designed bridge more suitable for modern traffic requirements. There will be some disruption during the construction period but every effort is being made to minimise any inconvenience to local residents and businesses."
"Once the new bridge is open it will allow full restoration of the local bus services which have been reduced because of the weight restriction."
Councillor Peter Boyack, Cabinet Member responsible for Neighbourhood Services, said: "There has been a great deal of co-operation with Railtrack and our neighbouring local authorities to sort out the funding for the bridge replacement. Costs are being met from the Local Transport Plan. The local people will be pleased with the new bridge which will provide a much improved link between these two major areas of South Shields."
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