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Lane Closure - A184 Askew Road Eastbound (Wellington St-A167), Gateshead

The A184 Askew Road eastbound from Wellington Street to the A167 junction in Gateshead is to be reduced to one lane for up to seven days from Saturday 18th October. Motorists are being advised that delays are likely and being asked to consider using the Redheugh Bridge as an alternative.

The works are being carried out by Gateshead Council as part of the redesign of the Oakwellgate Roundabout where the A167, A184 and other routes join on the approaches to the Tyne Bridge. On completion the project will simplify traffic signal control at the junction reducing waiting times for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.


Gateshead Council Director of Transport Strategy, Nick Clennett said: 

“We apologise in advance that these roadworks are likely to cause some delays but they are sadly unavoidable. 

Warning and diversion signs are being erected on the approaches to the route. We're sorry that we weren't able to give more notice of the works to motorists, We will be working through the weekend in order to try and get them completed as soon as possible. 

Motorists travelling on the A184 and wishing to cross the River Tyne in a northbound direction should consider using the Redheugh Bridge rather than the Tyne Bridge for the duration of the works.”


The work taking place involves the removal of the existing kerbs at the inside of the carriageway. Due to the width of the road at this point it is not possible to do the work without reducing the road to a single lane.

The lane closure is expected to be in place from the early hours of Saturday 18th October for up to seven days. 



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Overnight Resurfacing Works Newcastle Central Station Area



Overnight works are to start on Wednesday the 22nd of October 2014 for the resurfacing of Westgate Road, Collingwood Street and Pudding Chare junction and Neville Street (between Orchard Street and Baron House)  and will involve the existing surface being removed and replaced with a new wearing course. Working hours will be 20:00hrs until 06:00hrs Wednesday to Thursday and will last for 2 days.  

In order to allow the works to be completed in a safe and efficient manner the roads identified above will be closed and a diversion in operation.

Pedestrian access to properties will be maintained during the working night. Vehicle access to properties will be maintained when possible. Please be aware that after the removal of the existing surface the temporary running surface will be uneven until the new surface is laid and caution will be needed in the presence of working machinery. 


The diversion route is as follows:

Westbound – Clavering Place, Forth Street, Forth Banks, Marlborough Crescent and Westmorland Road.

Eastbound – Grainger Street, Bigg Market.



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VAMOS Day of the Dead November the 1st 2014


Move over Halloween as ¡VAMOS! present on Saturday the 1st of November the biggest fancy dress themed 'Day of the Dead' extravaganza in Newcastle.
Come dressed in your scariest and utterly ghoulish outfit in order to win prizes or create your own masks on the day!

The Boiler Shop will be transformed into a feast of vibrant tropical colour, dramatic gothic charm, a stunning selection of sumptuous Latino food, crazy Day of the Dead games and activities, live soundtrack of Mariachi music plus of course the hilarious Mexican Wrestling battles with the wonderful MC Erika whipping the crowd into a frenzy!

The popular tradition of Day of the Dead or 'Día de Muertos’ originates from Mexico and is celebrated all over Latin America. It is a celebration of our loved ones who have passed away and is fast becoming a global phenomenon that’s now on your own doorstep.

Plus:
  • Day of the Dead Food Market
  • A mouth watering choice of the best in street food all with a Latino twist. Announcements very soon!
  • Day of the Dead Mini Mercado 

Stunning selection of arts, crafts and jewellery all celebrating and inspired by Mexico!

Features:
  •  Live Mexican Wrestling (plus separate children's Mexican Wrestling classes)
  •  Mexican creative craft workshops and classes
  •  A special 'Día de Muertos' group shrine 
  •  Kids Luchador Cinema Pod
  •  Pica Pica! plus other Latino Street Food stalls
  •  Interactive Frida Kahlo installation
  •  LocoHero, Mexican Movember and Frida Monobrows
  •  Live mariachi band and live electonic sets



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A1 - A19 Fisher Lane Roundabout Pinch Point Scheme @ Seaton Burn


The works to improve the A1/A19 Interchange are part of the National Pinch Point Programme. The pinch point programme forms part of the UK Governments growth initiative, outlined during the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement in November 2011.

When And Where Is This Happening


Construction started June 2014 and it is estimated to be delivered by January 2015. The works are located at A1/A19 Interchange and the A19 Fisher Lane Roundabout, North of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.

What Works Are Taking Place And What Will It Cost


The A1/A19 Seaton Burn Interchange acts as a bottleneck, causing congestion that has a knock on effect at the Fisher Lane Roundabout. This is resulting in delays and unreliable journey times for road users in this area.
The estimated project implementation cost is £6.5 million.

How The Scheme Will Be Carried Out


At The Fisher Lane Roundabout:

  • Provide a third lane on the Fisher Lane and A19 approaches to the roundabout, and provide traffic signals on the B1318 approach

  • Provide a third lane on the roundabout between the A19 exit arm and the A1 exit arm

  • Provide a shared pedestrian / cyclist facility to assist vulnerable road users in crossing the roundabout

On The Slip Roads:

  • Improve the layout

  • Introduce a second lane on the southbound exit slip road approach to signals

  • Extend the third lane of the northbound exit slip road

What Are The Benefits

  • As part of the Pinch Point Programme, the aims of the scheme are:

  • Help to reduce daily congestion

  • Reduce journey times for the travelling public

  • Boost the economy

  • Improve safety


Closure Dates And Times For Resurfacing Works


1. Fri 20:00hrs 10th Oct to Mon 13th Oct 06:00hrs

 

2. Fri 20:00hrs 24th Oct to Mon 27th Oct 06:00hrs

 

3. Fri 7th 20:00hrs Nov to Mon 10th Nov 06:00hrs

 

4. Fri 14th 20:00hrs Nov to Mon 17 Nov 06:00hrs



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A167 Cowgate Roundabout reconfiguration, Newcastle

Works will commence in October 2014 on the A167 Cowgate roundabout Newcastle Upon Tyne which will improve traffic flow at the junction for Ponteland Road & Stamfordham Road in and out of Newcastle.

The junction will be signalised and priority lanes will be added for buses to speed up public transport.
The old subway will be removed and street level signalised  pedestrian  crossings installed along with dedicated cycle routes.

This is a large undertaking and some disruption in inevitable. 

There will be public consultation meetings at the following venues,

  • KFC, Ponteland , Cowgate. 17th September between 8am & 11am
  • Aldi, McKendrick Villas Cowgate. 18th September between 10am & 1pm
  • Morrisons, Two Ball Lonnen, Cowgate. 19th September between 10am & 1pm.

For further information follow this link



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A167 Tyne Bridge / Oakwellgate Junction Improvements, Gateshead

Changes to the busy and often awkward Oakwellgate junction on the approaches to the Tyne Bridge are being carried out by Gateshead Council in a bid to ease journeys for pedestrians, cyclists and most motorists. 

The work, which commenced Monday 8 September 2014 include the removal of the tight left turn that currently allows traffic to turn off the A167 heading towards Newcastle and onto the A184 Askew Road. Instead this traffic will be directed westwards along Charles Street from the Park Lane roundabout and would continue northwards along Prince Consort Road before rejoining Askew Road.

The works are likely to take 15 weeks to complete. It is intended that two lanes of traffic will be maintained in both a north and south direction for the duration of the works.

There were long delays to Southbound Traffic on the A167 from Newcastle over the Tyne Bridge on the first morning of the works, primarily created by signs displayed on Tyne bridge which gave a misleading message to motorists. This has now been rectified and the arrangement of signs, cones and road studs is now set out to encourage motorists to use the maximum available carriageway capacity.

See the new layout here.


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A167 CME Digital Media Screen Installation Road Closures


The A167 Central Motorway in Newcastle will be closed or have lane restrictions in both directions at the A193 Newbridge Street roundabout night times between August & October 2014 for the installation of a new Media Screen which will be hung on a gantry over the motorway for advertising purposes on the Northerly section of the roundabout.

The works will consist of surveying and civil engineering works for the installation and testing of the gantry which the digital media screen will be mounted onto.


The works programme is outlined below:


19th/20th August 2014 20:00hrs to 06:00hrs for surveys, inspections, structure & rebar scanning

Diversion route, up and over the A193 Newbridge Street roundabout to rejoin the central motorway


26th / 27th August 2014 20:00hrs to 06:00hrs for the removal of coping units, Diamond drilling and the installation of anchors.

Diversion route, up and over the A193 Newbridge Street roundabout to rejoin the central motorway
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2nd of October 2014 20:00hrs to 06:00hrs for the pulling out / testing of anchor points to retaining walls and bridge parapet/deck.

Diversion route, closure of inside lane on both North and Southbound carriageways at underpass.


29th/30th October 2014 20:00hrs to 06:00hrs for the Installation of the gantry structure, supports and the media screen.

Diversion route, closure of North and Southbound carriageways, up and over the A193 Newbridge Street roundabout to rejoin the central motorway



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A188/A189 Major Improvement Works, North Tyneside


North Tyneside Council applied for and won £2.2m from the Department for Transport to carry out major improvement works on the A188/A189 Benton Road corridor.

This major project will help to improve general traffic and public transport movements. This in turn will support future job creation and local economic growth, enhance road safety and provide better pedestrian and cycle facilities.


Highlights of the Works

  • A191 / A188 Four Lane Ends Roundabout - Replacing the existing roundabout to a signalised junction
  • A188 / Goathland Avenue / West Farm Avenue Roundabout - Replacing the existing roundabout to a signalised junction
  • Quorum / Balliol Business Parks Roundabout - Installing traffic signals on the existing roundabout
  • A188-A189 Benton Lane / Salters’ Lane Roundabout - Widening & installing traffic signals on the existing roundabout
  • A189 next to White House Farm - Install a new signalised roundabout with Pegasus crossing & new bus stops
  • A1056-A189 Sandy Lane / Killingworth Way Roundabout - Widening & installing traffic signals on the existing roundabout
  • Eastern side of A188 Benton Lane / Goathland Avenue junction to Quorum Business Park - Improved off-road pedestrian and cycle links

This project is being managed and delivered by Capita, North Tyneside Council's technical services partner.

Construction is due to start this summer. The works will cause some disruption, however every effort will be made to keep this to a minimum.

All works will be carried outside of peak times, between 9.30 and 15:00. Some limited night time working will be required. No approaches will be closed, most will be reduced to a single lane. No diversions are required for the works.

Full info including maps of works please visit: http://is.gd/OfaRng



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Major works in Sunderland and South Tyneside in 2014

Works on seven major schemes to help traffic flows are set to start in 2014 in Sunderland and South Tyneside.

The works will lay the ground for further developments following confirmation of the
Sunderland City Deal in Partnership with South Tyneside.

More than £9m has been earmarked for the infrastructure schemes to help traffic entering and exiting the A19 corridor and support economic growth.

The improvements will assist with:

  • Reducing traffic congestion and improving journey times on key routes

  • Opening up access to key employment sites within the North East Low Carbon Enterprise Zone and the Nissan plant

  • The development of a 100 hectare International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP) to the north and west of the Nissan plant as part of the recently announced Sunderland and South Tyneside City Deal.

Other planned works include improvements to Sunderland's pedestrian and cycling infrastructure.

Funding has been made available from Central Government with £5m from the Regional Growth Fund, £4.17m from the Local Pinch Point Fund, plus contributions from Sunderland City Council (£500,000).

The 2014 schemes include:

(1) A19/A690
Updated traffic signalling at the A19 junction with the A690 Durham Road - works carried out by Sunderland City Council

(2) A19/A183
Updated traffic signalling the A19 junction with the A183 Chester Road - works carried out by Sunderland City Council

(3) A19/A1231
The Highways Agency is planning works to the A19/A1231 junctions. These comprise:

Updated traffic signalling
• Widening the eastbound A1231 approach to the A19 to three lanes

(4) A19/A1290
Conversion of existing A19 junction with the A1290 to traffic signal control to improve the main north-south access route to Nissan and reduce existing queues of traffic on the A19 – works carried out by South Tyneside Council

(5) A1290/Nissan Access
Updated traffic signalling at the A1290 junction with Washington Road, improving staff and visitor access to the Nissan car manufacturing plant – works carried out by Sunderland City Council

(6) A1290/Cherry Blossom Way
Conversion of existing A1290 junction with Cherry Blossom Way to traffic signal control improving the ease and safe use of access to and from the Nissan distribution depots and other local supply chains - works carried out by Sunderland City Council

(7) Cycleways
Works improving the cycling network and connectivity between Nissan and the residential areas at Washington, Pattinson and North Sunderland. This includes off carriageway cycleways alongside the A1290, linking to Sulgrave Road roundabout and Albany Park, and Pattinson Road – works carried out by Sunderland City Council.

Works on the first phase of the A1290 cycleways have already begun.

The first road junction works on the A1290 are timetabled for an April start.

The Highways Agency is programming its works between May and November 2014.

Details of further start dates for the remaining schemes will be announced through the year.



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Closure of St Mary's Place in Newcastle


Northumbrian Water are currently working in Newcastle city centre as part of a £66 million investment programme to improve tap water quality for one million customers. From Monday 22nd September there will be 3 way traffic lights controlling traffic on St Mary’s Place between John Dobson Street and College Street.

From Monday 29th September St Mary’s Place (between Barras Bridge and John Dobson Street) will be restricted to a ‘no through road for cars’ for up to six weeks to give access to water pipes underneath the highway.

Access via St Mary’s Place will still be available to buses and emergency vehicles, all other road users are asked to find an alternative route for the duration of the work. More information about the work can be found on www.themainevent-nwl.co.uk

 

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A1058 Highways Maintenance Closures North Tyneside


The following works are for the cleaning of drains and gulleys and the removal of debris on the hard shoulder and verges and will take place on the schedule below.

A189 Spine Road &  A188 Benton Lane

Monday the 20th of October & Tuesday the 21st


A189 from Annitsford to Sandy Lane Roundabouts.
Slow and fast lane closures (North and Southbound) Includes nearside lane closure to both roundabouts.

Wednesday the 22nd & Thursday the 23rd


A189 from Sandy Lane to Westmoor (Findus) roundabouts.Slow and fast lane closures (Northbound and Southbound)
Including nearside lane closure to Roundabout.

Friday the 24th of October


A188 Westmoor (Findus) Roundabout to South of Balliol Business Park Roundabout. Slow and fast lane closures (North and Southbound)
Including the nearside lane closure on approach to the roundabouts.

Monday the 27th of October


A189 Westmoor (Findus) Roundabout to South of BT call centre Roundabout.
Slow and fast lane closures (North and Southbound)
Including nearside lane closure to roundabout and Salters Lane verge works South of Roundabout.
All works on restricted times between 09:00hrs - 16:00hrs with a 30mph limit through the affected areas.

A1058 Coast Road


Tuesday the 28th of October


Eastbound slow lane closure between the Wills apartments building to North Tyneside College.(Red Hall Drive - Churchill Street)
All slip road entries and exits to have nearside lane closures.

Wednesday the 29th of October


Westbound slow lane closure between North Tyneside College to Wills apartments building.(Churchill Street - Red Hall Drive)
All slip Road entries and exits to have nearside lane closures.

Thursday the 30th of October


East and Westbound fast lane closure between the Wills apartments building and North Tyneside College

Friday the 31st of October

Eastbound slow lane closure between North Tyneside College to the Billy Mill Roundabout ( Churchill Street - Lynne Road )
All slip Road entries and exits to have nearside lane closures.

Monday the 3rd of November


Westbound slow lane closure between the Billy Mill Roundabout to the North Tyneside College ( Regent Terrace - Churchill Street )
All slip Road entries and exits to have nearside lane closures.

Tuesday the 4th of November


East and Westbound fast lane closures between the Billy Mill Roundabout and the North Tyneside College.

A1058 Beach Road

Wednesday the 5th of November


Eastbound lane closure between the Billy Mill and  Preston Road Roundabouts.

Thursday the 6th of November


Westbound lane closure between Preston Road and Billy Mill Roundabouts




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A1 Improvements: Coal House-MetroCentre, Gateshead


The Highways Agency is making improvements to the A1 around Gateshead with a target start of works date of 26 August 2014. The scheme is planned to be open to traffic by spring 2016.

This scheme was announced as an extension to the A1 Lobley Hill to Dunston scheme in April 2014. The scheme will now extend south from Lobley Hill junction to Coal House junction and north from Dunston junction to the Metro Centre junction. 

The improvements consist of upgrading the A1 from two to three lanes in each direction between Coal House and Metro Centre along with the introduction of new parallel link roads between Lobley Hill and the A184 Gateshead Quays junctions.

The scheme will be constructed within the existing highways boundary and no additional land will be required. It will relieve congestion on this section of the A1 Western Bypass, and therefore improve journey time reliability.

For further information regarding these works please contact Lynne Biddles at Highways Agency, Lateral, 8 City Walk, Leeds, LS119AT. Alternatively, call the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000, or email a1coalhousetometrocentre@highways.gsi.gov.uk

Further info may be found at http://www.highways.gov.uk/A1CoalHouseMetroCentre



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A1 Improvements: Coalhouse Roundabout, Gateshead


A major upgrade to A1 Coalhouse Roundabout has been announced by the Highways Agency. 

Works to be carried out include:

  • New part-time traffic signals
  • Resurfacing of the A1 slip roads
  • Widening the southbound carriageway of Kingsway South between Eleventh Avenue and the roundabout
  • Widening to Lamesley Lane at the junction with the roundabout
  • Widening of the carriageway to Coalhouse roundabout in the vicinity of Chowdene Bank junction
  • Installation of new traffic signs & street lighting
  • Renewal of road markings.
Work starts on Monday 26/08/014 to Friday the 14/12/14, assuming reasonable weather conditions. All work will take place overnight, starting at 20:00 each evening until 06:00 the following morning.

When complete, these works will help relieve peak time traffic congestion to and from the Team Valley and reduce accident risk.

In order to carry out these works it will be necessary to close the A1 Northbound and Southbound entrance and exit slip roads from the A1 Western Bypass:

  • Kingsway South between Eleventh Avenue and Coalhouse Roundabout
  • Lamesley Lane near the roundabout
  • Partial closure of Coalhouse Roundabout itself 

During the time of the works diversions
will be clearly signed.  The following diversions will be in place:

    • A1 Slip Roads – Diversion to Lobley Hill or Eighton Lodge Interchanges as appropriate
    • Kingsway South – Diversion via Eastern Avenue, Saltwell Road South and Chowdene Bank
    • Lamesley Lane – Diversion via Smithy Lane and Chowdene Bank



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      Lobley Hill Road - Kingsway Roundabout Team Valley Trading Estate

      Delays are to be expected as work begins on improvements at a key junction linking the A1 Western Bypass to the Team Valley Trading Estate and Gateshead. 

      The £3.4m improvement scheme at the Maingate - Kingsway Roundabout on Lobley Hill Road is due to begin on January the 18th 2014. Lane closures will be in place for significant periods during the 30 week project and this is likely to significantly add to journey times, particularly during peak times.

      The scheme is expected to ease congestion and improve public transport links.The Lobley Hill Road improvement programme is seen as the first part of linked works, which will also see major changes on the A1 Western Bypass relieving the third most congested "A" road in the country.

      The improvements will include the introduction of traffic Signals on the roundabout, together with the creation of a Northbound bus and cycle lane on Kingsway itself and a Westbound bus lane between the roundabout and the A1 junction. In order to accommodate the new bus lane, the road will be widened rather than removing an existing lane used by all traffic.

      Many bus journeys through the Kingsway roundabout at peak times currently face several minutes of delays due to congestion in the area. This is expected to be dramatically reduced.

      The project is due for completion during September 2014 and will be followed almost immediately by the main A1 improvement works. During the works motorists are being warned that delays are inevitable with lane restrictions in place, to allow the widening and improvements.



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      Park & Ride

      Across Tyne & Wear there is a variety of Car Park & Ride facilities. At these locations users can interchange with either bus, cycle, metro, rail or taxi & avoid queues within city centres or possible full central car parks.

      Car Park

      District

      Post Code

      Interchange with...

      Heworth

      Gateshead

      NE10 0NE

      Bus, Cycle Parking, Metro, Rail & Taxi

      Callerton Parkway

      Newcastle

      NE13 8DF

      Cycle Parking & Metro

      Great Park

      Newcastle

      NE13 9AA

      Bus

      Kingston Park

      Newcastle

      NE3 2SW

      Cycle Parking & Metro

      Regent Centre

      Newcastle

      NE3 3PF

      Cycle Parking & Metro

      Walkergate

      Newcastle

      NE6 4NT

      Metro

      Four Lane Ends

      North Tyneside

      NE7 7UJ

      Bus, Cycle Parking, Metro & Taxi

      Northumberland Park

      North Tyneside

      NE27 0SJ

      Bus, Cycle Parking & Metro

      Fellgate

      South Tyneside

      NE32 4QA

      Metro

      East Boldon

      South Tyneside

      NE36 0JZ

      Cycle Parking & Metro

      Stadium of Light

      Sunderland

      SR5 1JB

      Cycle Parking & Metro




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      Open Data

      The Tyne & Wear UTMC officially launched it's Open Data Service at the Integrated Transport and Weather Information Pilot (ITWIP) event at Sunderland Software City on Friday 28th February 2014.

      The key principle of open data is to increase transparency and the sharing of information we hold with the wider community.

      Our service provides third party developers with access to a number of datasets sourced from the Tyne and Wear Urban Traffic Management Control (UTMC) system. Developers are then able to build useful applications using the data we have now made freely available.

      Data that has been released includes travel and transport related datasets through the provision of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). The initial datasets made public include:

      • Air quality data
      • Car Parks
      • CCTV
      • Journey Times
      • SCOOT
      • Traffic – Accident
      • Traffic – Event
      • Traffic – Incident
      • Traffic – Roadwork
      • Weather station data

      To get more information & access please visit www.netraveldata.co.uk.

      The Tyne & Wear Urban Traffic Management Control (UTMC) & the Open Data Service is provided by Newcastle City Council on behalf of the North East Combined Authority.



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      Other & Minor Disruptions



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      Gateshead

      ROAD CLOSURE A167 Durham Rd / Kells Lane / Chowdene Bank, Gateshead

      Due to resurfacing works overnight Wednesday the 22nd - Friday the 24th of October on the A167 Durham Road in Low Fell there will be no access from Chowdene Bank & Kells Lane between 20:00hrs - 06:00hrs, there will be also temporary traffic lights for the duration of the closures with delays at a minimal due to the time of the works.


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      South Tyneside

      Road Closure A1290 Downhill Lane

      There will be overnight lane closures on the A1290 Downhill Lane at the A19 overpass for major highway improvement works between 1930 hrs & 0530 hrs from 20/10/2014 to 24/10/2014 and delays can be expected.

      TEMPORARY SIGNAL Durham Dr (A194-Coventry Way/Exeter Way), Fellgate

      Temporary traffic signals on Durham Drive in Fellgate between A194 & Coventry Way/Exeter Way. Major flood alleviation works starts 06/10/14 - 17/02/14 all day. Local delays likely.

      Sunderland

      ROAD CLOSURE High St West & Crowtree Rd, Sunderland

      Road Closure on High Street West & Crowtree Road outside the Londonderry Pub in Sunderland City Ctr from 19/05/14 to 25/12/14 for major highway improvements. Seek an alternative route, expect delays.

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