Multi-million-pound Tyne Bridge restoration project set to ‘step up’ in early 2024
The next stage of restoration works to a North East landmark are set to get underway in early 2024, as refurbishment works move on to the main bridge deck of the Tyne Bridge.
£32m is being invested in the iconic structure to see it returned to its former glory. With the Tyne Bridge showing visible signs of deterioration, these vital works are needed to preserve the heritage of the bridge, ahead of its centenary in 2028.
In early 2024, engineers will start work on the main structural repairs of the Gateshead side of the bridge, next to the tower. People are being warned that major travel disruption is expected at this stage of the four-year ambitious programme.
Capacity will be halved on the Tyne bridge, a route which can be used by up to 70,000 vehicles a day, when lane closures are required for this stage of works. Newcastle City Council and Gateshead Council are advising people to plan ahead and make the switch to public transport where possible when the main bridge deck works get underway.
The start date for this next stage is subject to the government releasing the £41.4m funds for both the Tyne Bridge and central motorway schemes, which was confirmed in summer 2022.
Cllr Nick Kemp, Leader of Newcastle City Council, commented: “The Tyne Bridge is not only a defining symbol of the North East, it is also a major gateway to the city and plays a key role on our strategic highways network.
“With these vital works taking place to restore our much-loved bridge to its former glory, it is important that people realise the impact this will have on the travelling public.
“While we have put mitigation measures in place, to help keep the city moving during the restoration period, we are giving people advance notice that there will be disruption. Please plan ahead, follow the travel advice, and make the switch to public transport or walking and cycling where possible, as we carry out this hugely important refurbishment.”
Councillor Martin Gannon, Leader of Gateshead Council, added: “We’re going to need everyone in the region who loves the bridge to do their bit to help us minimise the disruption that the restoration will cause to the transport network.
“I’m confident it will be worth the wait - it will be a proud day for everyone in the North East when our Tyne Bridge is restored to its former glory.”
With the bridge reduced to one lane in each direction to protect the workforce and the public during the main bridge deck restoration, heavy congestion is expected on all approaches to the Tyne Bridge on both Newcastle and Gateshead sides. The Quayside is also expected to be busy as people seek to use the Swing Bridge.
By Matthew Neville – Senior Correspondent, Bdaily
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