Action to be Taken to Protect Coastline

Posted by: Press team on 14 February 2022 12:37

Part of a popular coastal road in South Tyneside is to be moved to protect it from erosion.

A section of the A183 will be repositioned after the Council's planning committee approved an application to shift it back from the clifftops.

A study carried out in 2019 highlighted that parts of the route in South Shields would be compromised in the future, because of ongoing erosion of the cliff face, including the formation of caves.

The approved plans will see a section of the highway between the Lime Kilns and the caravan site, near Marsden Grotto, repositioned. This will move the road away from the clifftop at the tightest point, while the existing road will be returned to grassland.

It is expected that this 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.

Cllr Jim Foreman, Lead Member for Housing and Transport, said: "The A183 is a popular route with both residents and visitors as it showcases our stunning coastline, but its future is currently at risk due to coastal erosion and the formation of caves.

"I'm pleased that these plans have got the go ahead, as they will protect the route for decades to come, whilst being sympathetic to the area's natural and historical features, in line with our key priority of investing in the natural environment.

"Detailed designs are being finalised and we will now be seeking a contractor with a view to starting on site later this year."

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

Further information can be found at . This will be updated regularly as the project progresses.

Last modified: 18 March 2022 12:38