Road­works at an early end


The Chronicle - - News - By SO­PHIE DOUGHTY so­[email protected]­me­ @So­phie_Doughty

Re­porter ROAD­WORKS on a ma­jor com­muter route that have caused rush-hour chaos are set to finish two weeks ahead of sched­ule.

Mo­torists us­ing the Felling by­pass in Gateshead have en­dured two months of mis­ery since work to in­stall new crash bar­ri­ers and light­ing, be­tween White­mere Pool and He­worth round­about, be­gan.

The by­pass has been re­duced to a sin­gle lane in both di­rec­tions, since Oc­to­ber 10, caus­ing huge tail­backs at peak times.

And crash bar­ri­ers have also been in­stalled along the cen­tral reser­va­tion to pro­tect cross-over ac­ci­dents.

The work had orig­i­nally been sched­uled to last un­til De­cem­ber 23, but crews have made faster progress than ex­pected and the lanes are now ex­pected to re-open this week-end – two weeks ahead of sched­ule.

An­neliese Hutchin­son, service di­rec­tor for devel­op­ment, trans­port against and pub­lic pro­tec­tion at Gateshead Coun­cil, said: “We’ve been for­tu­nate with the weather and even though we had a small amount of snow last week we’ve still been able to crack on with the work.

“We know these es­sen­tial works have caused some de­lay to peo­ple’s jour­neys, es­pe­cially dur­ing the morn­ing rush, but we’ve been work­ing seven days a week to get them fin­ished as quickly as we can. We ap­pre­ci­ate peo­ple’s pa­tience and I’d like to thank our team for do­ing such a good job, get­ting it done two weeks ahead of sched­ule.”

The works are be­ing car­ried out in ad­vance of ma­jor struc­tural re­pairs at the He­worth round­about which are ex­pected to start

Work in progress on the Felling by­pass

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