Commuters affected by the Killingworth Road improvement scheme on the outskirts of Newcastle are being reminded that traffic levels on the surrounding roads are expected to increase after the summer holidays.
As a result, those who normally drive are advised to switch to public transport where possible with Metro services in the area are due to be back up and running from next week.
Over £13.5m is being invested in the area, which will see Killingworth Road widened to reduce congestion, improve air quality, provide more efficient bus routes and make it easier and safer for people on bikes and on foot.
Following the successful completion of the first stage of the project – the replacement of the 100-year-old Metro bridge and track renewal by Nexus – Metro services are due to resume between South Gosforth and Shiremoor from Sunday September 3.
However, Killingworth Road will remain closed to all traffic until spring 2018 to enable the next phase of the works – the re-location of gas mains – to be carried out.
In readiness for the extra traffic on the road network, a number of maps have been produced to highlight alternative routes people could use depending on where they are travelling to and from.
These are not formal diversions but are suggested routes designed to help people – particularly nearby residents – to get onto the main roads, including Sandy Lane, Great North Road, Coast Road, A1 and A19, as quickly as possible while avoiding local streets and housing estates.
These routes will also help people to avoid areas which have provided busier than expected, including Benton Lane and the Four Lane Ends junction.