Irish contractors to upgrade the A19/A1058 Coast Road in North Tyneside as part of government’s £15bn investment

Traffic on a motorway

A joint venture between John Sisk & Son and Lagan Construction has won a £40m deal to upgrade the A19/A1058 Coast Road in North Tyneside.

Part of the government’s £15bn investment to improve the UK’s road network over the next six years, the project will see the existing grade separated roundabout upgraded to a three level interchange.

The scheme will also provide two new shared use bridges over the A1058 slip roads to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety.

Work is expected to start in spring 2016 and be open to traffic by summer 2018.

Roads minister Andrew Jones said: “Through schemes like these we are building the Northern Powerhouse and creating opportunities for hardworking people across Britain.

“The appointment of the contractors is a vital part of the delivery of improvements to the A19/A1058 Coast Road in North Tyneside.

“It will make journeys better for local people ensuring they have easy access to jobs, shops and leisure facilities nearby.”

Highways England assistant project manager Darlene Procter said: “This scheme will improve journey times on the A19 by reducing congestion and improving safety for the thousands of drivers that use this junction each day.

“Providing better infrastructure will help the local and national economy, helping to support businesses and creating jobs.”