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Work to begin on Blaydon Haugh Viaduct in Gateshead

Drivers are being warned about work starting tonight to replace the bridge joints on Blaydon Haugh Viaduct on the A1 in Gateshead.

Highways England will be replacing the bridge joints on both sides of the carriageway between junction 73 (Derwenthaugh) and junction 74 (Scotswood)b from 23 January.

Work will start on the southbound carriageway and temporary road plates will be fitted over the bridge so the route can remain open during the day.

The work will be carried out overnight between 8pm and 6am and a temporary speed limit of 50mph will be in place.

Once work is completed on the southbound carriageway, work will then start on the northbound carriageway.

Gateshead pools closed after swimmers get sickness & diarrhoea

The swimming pools at Blaydon and Dunston Leisure Centres have been temporarily closed f Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The swimming pools at Blaydon and Dunston Leisure Centres have been temporarily closed for a deep clean of the water filtration system .

It's after reports of sickness and diarrhoea that are believed to be associated with the leisure centres.

Health experts from Public Health England (PHE) and the council's environmental health department are investigating.

It's thought they could be closed for several days.

Dr Gayle Dolan, consultant in health protection at PHE’s North East Centre said:

We can confirm we have received reports of seven cases of cryptosporidios amongst users at the the two leisure centres. We are working closely with environmental health colleagues at Gateshead Council to investigate the possible source. As a precautionary measure Gateshead Council have closed the swimming pools so that they can undergo thorough cleansing.

Cryptosporidiosis is caused by the organism cryptosporidium and produces symptoms of diarrhoea and abdominal pain. In most cases the diarrhoea settles after a few days, but in a small number of cases cryptosporidiosis can be very unpleasant, with diarrhoea lasting for several weeks.

Anyone who has been diagnosed with cryptosporidiosis is advised to avoid swimming for two weeks after symptoms have stopped.

– Dr Gayle Dolan

Lindsey Murray, Service Director for Culture, Communities, Leisure and Volunteering:

To date, seven cases of the infection, which causes diarrhoea and stomach pain, have been identified in people who have been swimming in the leisure centres.

As a result, swimming pools at Blaydon and Dunston Leisure Centres have been temporarily closed to the public for a deep clean of the water system to be carried out.

We take pool water safety and hygiene very seriously and carry out all the regulatory water health and satiety procedures as standard practice. We do everything to ensure the highest level of water quality is maintained for our customers.

– Lindsey Murray

Gateshead Council's Leisure Centres are not suspected to be the origin of the illness, instead it's believed to have been introduced to the pools by an infected user.

Pedestrian hit by car in Blaydon

Police are appealing for witnesses after a pedestrian was hit by a car in Gateshead.

The collision happened between 8pm and 8.30pm on October 2, on the A695 in Blaydon near to McDonalds.

The pedestrian, a man in his 30s, was taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Officers are carrying out enquiries into the collision and are appealing for witnesses. Officers are also keen for the driver of the vehicle to get in contact.

Anyone with information should contact Northumbria Police on 101.


Blaydon footbridge: Repair work set to be carried out

The footbridge over Blaydon Highway which was hit by a vehicle Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Repair work is set to be carried out on a footbridge which was hit by a heavy goods vehicle, leading to fears it could collapse.

Roads were closed for more than three hours after the bridge was struck before partial diversions were put in place.

Gateshead Council told ITV News Tyne Tees engineers were set to start repairs on Thursday afternoon.

More A1 misery for drivers near Gateshead

There is more frustration for motorists using the A1 with bridge repairs causing huge tailbacks.

One lane of the A1 will continue to be closed going north for the rest of the week while work is carried out on the Blaydon Haugh Viaduct.

It comes just three weeks after major roadworks on the western bypass came to an end after taking two years to complete.

Staff at this office in Gateshead say they are frustrated:

Stunning starlings gather over Tyneside

Thousands of starlings have been gathering over Shibdon Pond in Blaydon to perform this stunning aerial display.

The large numbers seen in this country in the autumn and winter are not just local birds, but supplemented by millions that arrive from continental Europe.

And in case you didn't know, a group of starlings is known as a 'murmuration'.

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