People are being asked for their feedback on proposals for a major highways improvement project.
South Tyneside Council is consulting residents, businesses and commuters about a scheme to alleviate congestion and improve traffic flows at the Arches A185/A194 junction in South Shields.
The scheme aims to reduce journey times in and out of South Shields as well as providing enhanced pedestrian and cycle facilities.
Residents, businesses and commuters are invited to find out more about the proposals at two public information events taking place on Thursday 30 March 6-9pm and Saturday 1 April 10am-4pm at Lord Blyton School.
They will have the opportunity to discuss the scheme in more detail, ask questions and look at visuals of the existing and proposed new road layouts. Thousands of leaflets are also being distributed to local households and businesses outlining the plans.
Councillor Allan West, Lead Member for Housing and Transport, said: "We know how frustrating delays can be for motorists, particularly at rush hour.
"The project proposals aim to relieve the bottleneck where the A194 meets with A185, which has seen a significant increase in traffic flows since the opening of the second Tyne Tunnel.
"We are keen to hear people's views. We used the same consultation process with the Lindisfarne improvements and the feedback we received was taken on board and used to finalise the proposals.
"I am sure the proposed improvements will be of huge benefit to those who regularly use this route. Good transport networks are key to boosting the Borough's economy and maximising employment and investment opportunities."
The proposals include:
- Changing the Arches and Hobson Way/Elswick Way roundabouts into signalised junctions
- Providing a new one-way link 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
- Widening the A194 towards Hobson Way/Elswick Way junction to enable two right turning lanes onto Hobson Way
- New and improved pedestrian and cycle routes
The works are scheduled to start this autumn, subject to consultation and securing Local Growth Fund (LGF) funding from the North East Local Enterprise Partnership and are scheduled to last around 12 months.