Motorist Information On: A185 Road Closure

A temporary road closure is required this month (January 2011) to enable highway works to be carried out at the south interchange of the Tyne Tunnel in Jarrow.

The westbound A185 between South Shields and Jarrow will be closed from the Church Bank junction to the A19 junction for a period of four weeks, from Thursday 6th January to Thursday 3rd February 2011. The road closure will come into effect at 00:00 (midnight) on the morning of 6th January.

This means that the A185 will be closed to traffic in both directions between the Tyne Tunnel junction and the Church Bank junction, as the eastbound A185 was closed to traffic earlier this year to enable other New Tyne Crossing works to take place. Please note that Church Bank remains open as usual.

During the road closure motorists will be asked to follow a diversion via the A194 and Lindisfarne Roundabout in order to access the A19 further south. All diversions will be clearly sign-posted in advance of the closure. South Tyneside Council ask that motorists approach the John Reid Road and Lindisfarne roundabouts with care during this period, and wish to encourage motorists to use both lanes on the approaches and to avoid blocking the lanes on the roundabouts.

Pedestrian routes will be maintained between Jarrow and Low Simonside using the existing, secure footway through the construction site.

The Tyne Tunnel will not be affected by these works and will remain open for business as usual throughout.

TT2 and Bouygues Travaux Publics UK apologise for the temporary disruption associated with this element of work, and would like to thank road users for their ongoing patience.

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< 3m high
and 2 axles
LGV, Van or Bus
≥ 3m high or
3 axles or more

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