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Arches junction improvements (A185 / A194)

What you need to know 

Proposed road improvements will take place at the A185 / A194 Arches junction from Monday, 29 January 2018. The works will take part in four phases over 12 months.

These works aim to reduce journey times in and out of South Tyneside as well as improving safety on our roads. 

We know how frustrating delays can be for residents, commuters and business owners. Our aim is to improve the quality and safety of our roads, minimise disruption caused to you and to complete any work as quickly as possible. 

Planned works: 

  1. The roadworks will change both the Arches and the Hobson / Elswick Way roundabouts into signalised junctions
  2. A new one-way link will be provided from Hobson Way to Jarrow Road as well as converting the section of Jarrow Road to one-way between the extended Hobson Way and the A194
  3. The A194 will be widened towards the Hobson Way / Elswick Way junction to enable two right turning lanes onto Hobson Way
  4. We will provide new and improved pedestrian and cycle routes 

Phase 1 - January to March 2018

The first phase will involve removing both the Arches and Hobson Way roundabouts and the central reservation in between.

All existing lanes will remain open during peak periods (peak periods are 6.30am- 9am and 4pm- 6.30pm). Outside of these times, lane closures will be in place and residents and visitors are advised there may be delays.

The first phase works are planned to take place between Monday 29 January - Wednesday 28 March 2018.

Arches map 1

Phase 2 - March to September 2018

The second phase will include the widening of both Newcastle Road verges in addition to utility diversions, Newcastle Road will be under single lane outside of peak times.

The second phase works are planned to take place between Thursday 29 March - Friday 14 September 2018.

Arches map 2

Phase 3 - September 2018 to January 2019

During the third phase, traffic will be diverted via Hobson Way between the A194 Newcastle Road and A185 Jarrow Road. Jarrow Road will be closed to vehicles. Shared footpath/ cycleway remains open. The traffic will be changed over from phase 2 layout to the phase 3 layout late evening of Monday 17 September.

The new road layout, where the Arches roundabout was, will be running (without signals yet).

Arches map 3

Phase 4 - January/February 2019 

During the fourth phase, Jarrow Road and Hobson Way will be complete. 

Overnight closures will take place for final surfacing. Access for businesses will be maintained via marshalled controls. 

The traffic signals and final lighting will be commissioned in this phase.

Arches map 4

    Existing layout

    Arches junction existing layout

    Key (existing layout)
    A (Arches junction)
    Delays and queues on A194 Newcastle Road due to traffic travelling from South Shields turning right onto Jarrow Road (primarily morning peak)
    B (Arches junction)
    Delay and queues on A185 Jarrow Road due to traffic travelling toward South Shields turning right onto Western Approach (primarily evening peak) 
    Footway / cycleway (Arches junction)
    Footway / cycleway
    Footway (Arches junction)
    Uncontrolled crossing points (Arches junction)
    Uncontrolled crossing points 

    Proposed layout

    Arches junction proposed layout

    Key (proposed layout)
    A (Arches junction)
    New link road between Hobson Way and A185 Jarrow Road
    B (Arches junction)
    Hobson Way to become one-way road 
    C (Arches junction)
    A185 Jarrow Road to become one way between Hobson Way and the A194
    D (Arches junction)
    Conversion of Arches roundabout to a traffic signal junction (no right turn from A194 Western Approach to A185 Jarrow Road
    E (Arches junction)
    Conversion of A194 / Hobson Way / Elswick Way roundabout to a traffic signal junction
    F (Arches junction)
    A194 Newcastle Road to be widened to accommodate two right-turn lanes onto Hobson Way
    Footway / cycleway (Arches junction)
    Footway / cycleway
    Footway (Arches junction)
    Uncontrolled crossing points (Arches junction)
    Uncontrolled crossing points
    Signal controlled crossing points (Arches junction)
    Signal controlled crossing points

    Existing and proposed traffic flow

    Reducing delays

    During the works the maximum number of lanes will be provided at peak times. Although this will help to reduce the likelihood of delays, we advise road users to allow extra time for journeys or plan an alternative route where possible. Pedestrians and road users are reminded to take extra care when passing through roadworks.

    Why are the roadworks necessary?

    We know that there is often congestion in this area, which is frustrating for motorists. This particular junction has seen a significant increase in traffic flows since the opening of the second Tyne Tunnel. These works aim to cut journey times, especially during rush hours, as well as improving road safety at this location, benefiting commuters, local businesses and residents. 

    Who is carrying out the work?

    Contractor Galliford Try was appointed to the Engineering Framework in 2016 to deliver the Council's programme of strategic transport improvement projects, including the Arches scheme.

    Will there be any speed restrictions and/or cameras in place?

    There are no specific plans to use speed cameras for speed enforcement during the scheme. As ever, the Council would request the cooperation of the road users to ensure the continued safety of the public as well as the workforce during the works. Subject to programming and traffic layouts, it may be necessary to utilise temporary speed restrictions, again to ensure the safety of all road users and the workforce.

    How much is the scheme costing and who is paying for it?

    The Council is in the process of securing funding for the scheme. The project will be part funded from the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) as part of the North East Growth Deal from Government, together with a contribution from the local authority. The Local Growth Fund supports major capital investments to promote innovation, economic and skills infrastructure and sustainable transport across the North East LEP area.

    Public events

    We held 2 public events in March and April 2017 at Lord Blyton Primary School for residents, commuters and businesses to discuss the proposed works in more detail and to answer any queries. 

    More information

    If you have any questions about these proposals, call 0191 427 7000 or email

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