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Transport Arrangements For Royal Visit To South Tyneside
Detailed plans are now in place to ensure the visit of Her Majesty The Queen to open the new Tyne Tunnel [on Wednesday 18 July] goes smoothly, with local people encouraged to plan their travel arrangements in advance to minimise disruption.
Four roads in Jarrow - the Epinay Loop Road (Jarrow / A19 slip road), Howard Street Bridge (A185), Straker Street (A185 between Howard Street and A19 southbound slip off), and Priory Road (between Church Bank and the Straker Street roundabout) - will be closed from 9.30am until the visit ends at around 11.30am, with clearly signed diversions in place for motorists. In addition, both tunnels will be closed for around ten minutes in mid-morning to accommodate the event.
A spokesperson for South Tyneside Council said: "Her Majesty's visit will be a historic occasion, and we are working closely with Tyne Tunnel 2, Northumbria Police, Nexus and other partners to ensure a successful day with minimum disruption to transport.
"We are expecting the impact on traffic to be limited due to the timing of the event, but would encourage motorists to avoid the tunnel area between 9.30 and 11.30am if at all possible. There will be extensive signage in place as well as traffic officers helping to keep things moving."
Designated viewing areas and a large screen TV will be in place on the day, though organisers have stressed that public space will be limited due to public safety considerations.
Pedestrians attending the Royal visit are advised to follow signs from Jarrow metro station. For safety reasons, pedestrians are asked not to arrive at the tunnel before 9.30am, as there will be no access to the viewing areas until the road closures take effect.
With Her Majesty visiting Sunderland, South and North Tyneside, Newcastle and Gateshead, Nexus, which owns and manages the Metro system, is making its Park and Ride sites at Callerton Parkway, Bank Foot, Regent Centre, Four Lane Ends, Northumberland Park and the Stadium of Light free, with this offer continuing until 31 August. Charges will continue to apply at Park and Ride sites at Felling, Heworth and Kingston Park.
Motorists hoping to attend the visit are advised to park away from the tunnel and arrive on foot if possible. A strictly limited amount of free parking will be available for the morning only at nearby Bede's World, where stewards will be on hand to direct visitors.
The event will be a memorable day out for local pupils, schools and communities who have been closely involved in the New Tyne Crossing project. Over 700 pupils are expected to attend from Jarrow School, Jarrow Cross RC Primary, St Bede's RC Primary and Dunn Street Primary, as well as other local community groups.
Diversions in place during the visit
Crossing the river: If you want to travel north through the tunnel, you are advised to travel outside the above times to avoid delay. However, should you decide to travel during this period, please expect delays, following diversions that will be clearly signed on the day.
Jarrow Town Centre: To get to Jarrow town centre from South Shields, please follow the diversion from A185 Straker Street, Church Bank, Priory Road, Chaytor Street on to Ellison Street; or follow the route in reverse for Jarrow to South Shields.
To get to Jarrow town centre from Gateshead, you are advised to use A194 onto B1516 York Avenue, B1516 Bede Burn Road, B1516 Surrey Street (one way), on to B1516 Park Road and left onto A185.
Hebburn Town Centre: To get to Hebburn town centre from South Shields, please follow the diversion from A185 Straker Street, Church Bank, Priory Road, Chaytor Street on to Ellison Street, then left onto A185 into Hebburn; or follow the route in reverse for Hebburn to South Shields.
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