The main improvement works to the Arches junction (A185 / A194) were completed in March 2019.
The remaining small amount of footpath and landscaping works will be completed without impact on the network. There will then follow a 12 month 'defects correction period', during which any snagging works will be carried out.
What improvements have been made?
The Arches and the Hobson / Elswick Way junctions are now signalised junctions
There is a new one-way link road from Hobson Way to Jarrow Road, and the section of Jarrow Road between the extended Hobson Way and the A194 is now one-way
The A194 has been widened towards the Hobson Way / Elswick Way junction to enable two right turning lanes onto Hobson Way
New and improved pedestrian and cycle routes
These improvements aim to cut journey times, especially during rush hours, as well as improving road safety at this location, benefiting commuters, local businesses and residents.
Key (new layout)
New link road between Hobson Way and A185 Jarrow Road
Hobson Way now one-way road
A185 Jarrow Road now one way between Hobson Way and the A194
Arches junction now traffic signal controlled (no right turn from A194 Western Approach to A185 Jarrow Road)
A194 / Hobson Way / Elswick Way junction now traffic signal controlled
A194 Newcastle Road widened to accommodate two right-turn lanes onto Hobson Way