Letter from Paul Hanson
Deputy Chief Executive
North Tyneside Council


Dear Sir/Madam Norham Road Bridge – road surfacing programme to start on Monday 23 July 2018.

Since 2015, there has been more than £100million invested to deliver major improvements across the borough’s highways network, with more than £20million of funding secured from central government through the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). One of our most significant projects has been the £7.2million A1058 Coast Road Improvement Scheme, introduced to improve road safety, reduce journey times, enhance public transport reliability and improve facilities for pedestrians and cyclists. The first two phases of the scheme (at Beach Road and at Billy Mill) were completed on time and on budget – and I am sure you will welcome the news that we are now very close to the opening of the brand new four-lane Norham Road Bridge. The contractors are now about to start the final road surfacing programme, after which we expect the new bridge to open in mid-August. What we plan to do – and when A new surface will be laid at the top of the newly-widened Norham Road Bridge slip roads and also across the deck of the new bridge. The surfacing work is expected to take around two weeks and is set to begin on Monday 23 July; it will all be done overnight, Monday to Friday, between 8pm and 6am. The A1058 Coast Road beneath the bridge will remain open throughout, but all of the slip roads at Norham Road will close each night between 8pm and 6am. Signposted Diversions: Eastbound: Coast Road traffic will be diverted east to the Billy Mill junction, up Lynn Road/Billy Mill Lane, left at the roundabout onto the A191 and left again at the next roundabout onto Norham Road North. With no access to the Coast Road, residents and businesses fronting onto Norham Road North should use this route in reverse – and clear diversion signs will be in place at each junction. Westbound: Coast Road traffic will be diverted to the Silverlink roundabout, south on the A19, left on the slip road to the A193 and High Flatworth, over Wallsend Road Bridge and then onto Norham Road South. Again, with no access to the Coast Road, residents and businesses fronting onto Norham Road South should use this route in reverse – once more with clear diversion signs in place at each junction. I should emphasise that these are the recommended diversions – but I am sure many residents will use alternatives that best suit their own needs each evening. We will be writing separately to residents and businesses near the bridge to give some further detailed information about the surfacing works. As someone who lives in North Shields and who drives the area every day, I fully understand the inconvenience the bridge closure has caused; I’d like to ask for your continued patience for the next few weeks as we get ever closer to fully re-opening Norham Road for the benefit of residents, businesses and visitors alike. You can be sure the council will lose no time in announcing the re-opening of Norham Road: this will be done through our website, via social media, local press, and, of course, to our thousands of regular e-bulletin subscribers. You can still subscribe to the e-bulletin service. Simply send an email to: roads@northtyneside.gov.uk and put ‘A1058’ in the subject heading – and if you have any queries about the scheme, please email: roads@northtyneside.gov.uk or Tel: (0191) 643 6500.

Yours sincerely

Paul Hanson

Deputy Chief Executive