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Planning summer holiday trips? These are the North East roadworks to avoid

The summer holidays are finally here which means families across the North East will be plotting day trips and sunny getaways to make the most of the sunshine.

Keeping children entertained on long car journeys can be tricky at the best of times.

But delays through one of the region’s many roadworks on a hot day might just make the trip a recipe for disaster.

Congestion at certain points of your journey is inevitable, but a bit of forward planning could help you dodge the worst of the traffic jams.

So if you’re hoping to take any long trips across the North East during the summer break, here are all the major roadworks you need to know about

Silverlink roundabout

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Work is well under way on the multi-million pound project to build a triple-decker roundabout at the North Tyneside junction.

Right now, a 400-tonne crane is on site to install 55 beams which will form the base of the new bridges.

A camera-controlled 30mph speed limit is in place on the roads leading up to the junction, and a contraflow is also in operation.

Killingworth Road

The A189 Killingworth Road which is to be closed until next year
The A189 Killingworth Road which is to be closed until next year

The notorious ‘pinch point’, part of the A189 in South Gosforth, is closed to traffic until spring 2018 due to a major improvement scheme for both Newcastle City Council and Nexus.

As part of the project, nearby Salters Bridge (at the bottom of Hollywood Avenue) has also be shut to prevent traffic to prevent a rat run forming in the residential area.

Temporary bus lanes have also been introduced at key junctions, and there will be an increased green light time on certain traffic signals during peak hours to ease the flow of traffic.

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Deerness Bridge

Work is beginning this week to replace the old bridge between Ushaw Moor and New Brancepeth.

A temporary bailey bridge is currently in place at the site to maintain a crossing point for traffic.

For the work to be carried out, a road closure will be enforced and a date for this has yet to be confirmed.

Holystone

Works continue on the Holystone roundabout in North Tyneside
Works continue on the Holystone roundabout in North Tyneside

The £5.1m project to improve the A19/A191 Holystone roundabout, the A191 and the northern entrance to the Cobalt Business Park remains ongoing and is expected to finish in early 2018.

Road widening will continue at the Holystone Interchange, with off-peak (9.30am to 3.30pm) Monday to Friday and occasional Saturday lane closures on the inner ring.

On the A191, there is an off-peak Monday to Friday (9.30am-3.30pm) lane closure westbound from Silverlink North roundabout to Holyfields roundabout.

Traffic flows in both directions are being maintained throughout, but North Tyneside Council warn there is substantial congestion during peak periods.

Norham Road

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The road crossing the A1058 Coast Road has been closed to motorists due to a long-term project to replace the bridge with a new four-lane structure.

The signposted diversions are as follows:

The scene after the Coast Road flooded underneath Norham Road Bridge in North Tyneside
The scene after the Coast Road flooded underneath Norham Road Bridge in North Tyneside

• From the north side of the Coast Road, traffic will head east to Billy Mill, turn right into Regent Terrace, around the Regency Gardens roundabout and back onto the Coast Road.

• From the south of the Coast Road, traffic will go left along the Coast Road to the A19/A1058 Silverlink roundabout and back on the Coast Road.

Work on the project is expected to be finished by spring 2018.

A1058 Coast Road

One lane is closed until July 31 as the result of roadworks at A1108 Regent Terrace and B1316 Lynn Road (Billy Mill roundabout).

A1290

Closed in both directions until August 4 due to roadworks between Usworth Station Road, and Sulgrave Road and Spire Road.

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