Seafront Sustainable Route


North Tyneside Council is committed to enabling more people to use active and sustainable forms of travel.

Due for completion by 2025 the council are creating, a new safe two-way route for people cycling, walking and wheeling between North Shields Fish Quay and St Mary’s Lighthouse in Whitley Bay.

The council secured funding for the project from the Department for Transport’s Active Travel Fund and Sustrans.


What improvements are being carried out?

The project will be split into two phases. Phase one is from Tynemouth Front Street to the Beach Road roundabout (next to the Tynemouth Castle Inn). It is due for completion in Spring 2024 and will involve:

  • a permanent safe two-way unbroken sustainable route for pedestrians and cyclists;
  • upgraded crossing points to improve pedestrian safety and access to the seafront;
  • a permanent northbound one-way system for motorists from Tynemouth Front Street to the Longsands beach access ramp opposite the Grand Hotel.

Phase two of the project will see the continuation of the route from the Beach Road roundabout to St Mary’s Island access road. Plans for this second phase are close to being finalised and will be published on the council’s website soon.


How and when are the works taking place?

The work is being carried out by the council’s strategic partner Capita. 

Please pay attention to the advance warning signs in the area for the latest diversion routes, they will be clearly signposted.

More information

For more information on the full project please click here.

To receive regular project updates and advance notice of any works that may affect journeys, please sign up to our electronic bulletin service by filling out this form or telephone: (0191) 643 6500.

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