03.07.2017

Replacement of Killingworth Road Bridge and associated road closures commencing 20 July 2017

Newcastle City Council have advised us of the impending temporary closure of Killingworth Road to all modes of transport (including pedestrians and cyclists) and both Salters Bridge and Castle Farm Road Bridge to vehicles, during the forthcoming work to replace the Killingworth Road Metro Bridge and the subsequent widening of Killingworth Road towards Haddricks Mill.

The closure of Killingworth Road is required to protect the public during the replacement of the Metro Bridge and the subsequent diversion of gas mains in the area as well as to facilitate the road widening scheme.

The complementary road closures at Salters and Castles farm Bridge, are required to mitigate against rat-running traffic using adjacent routes that are considered to be unsuitable for the expected increased traffic.

Please note that the bridge closures are for motor vehicles, the routes will remain open to cyclists and pedestrians.  

The legal order will start from 20th July 2017 and will last for up to 9 months, although it is anticipated that the works will be completed by the end of February 2018.

The restrictions will be in operation when the relevant signs are displayed.

All appropriate diversion signs and advance warning signs will be placed on the adjacent highway network.  

More information about the Metro Bridge replacement, the road widening scheme, temporary road closures and mitigation measures can be found at www.newcastle.gov.uk/roads and details of Killingworth Road bus diversions are available here.

Alongside this, Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, has announced plans to embark on a £20m programme of modernisation work on its lines through Newcastle and North Tyneside this year.

A major line closure, 34 days in total, will be required so that the work can be carried out as quickly as possible with the minimum amount of disruption. The works have been arranged to minimise the level of inconvenience to Metro customers.

The Metro line closure details are as follows:

  • South Gosforth – Four Lane Ends: Monday 31 July until Friday 11 August
  • South Gosforth – Shiremoor: Saturday 12 August until Saturday 2 September

During the line closure a frequent replacement bus services will be provided in the affected area. Details of the replacement bus service are available here.

For further information about the Metro line closures visit www.nexus.org.uk or call the Nexus Customer Service Centre on 0191 2020747.

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