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Drivers in Newcastle warned of extra traffic next week because of Killingworth Road closure

As part of the project, a 100-year-old Metro bridge has been replaced by Nexus Photo: ITV Tyne Tees

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.

We know that traffic levels increase in all areas just after the school holidays and in the Killingworth Road area we’re expecting the volume to rise by around 15 per cent during the morning rush hour and by five per cent on an evening.

This will put extra pressure on other surrounding routes, particularly during the morning, and so we are urging people to plan their journeys and think about how they travel.

Work on the Metro system was timed to coincide with the school holidays, when fewer people would be travelling, and it is good news that services are due to be operating once again from September 3 in time for the schools going back.

We already have measures in place to enable bus services to operate efficiently and run to timetable through the diversions, so we would encourage people to use public transport instead of driving where possible.

For those who do have to use the car we would recommend allowing more time for your journeys, planning your route and, if you can, avoid travelling during the peak rush hours.”

– Cllr Arlene Ainsley, Cabinet member for transport and air quality at Newcastle City Council
How Killingworth Road will look once the development is complete Credit: Newcastle City Council

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.