While the continued success of Cobalt Business Park is great news for jobs and our local economy, further employment growth within the park will increase traffic queues.
That’s why North Tyneside Council and its partners invested £5.1 million into a major improvement scheme to reduce delays, improve public transport journey times and support the continued occupation of the park.
The scheme - which started in winter 2016 and was completed, ahead of schedule, in December 2017 - was managed for the council by its partner Capita.
The scheme included:
• widening the Holystone Interchange Roundabout and its approaches
• improving access into Cobalt Business Park from the A191 by creating an additional southbound lane from the Cobalt Northern Access Roundabout
• improving traffic flows by removing the ‘merge in turn’ arrangement at the westbound exit of the Cobalt Northern Access Roundabout, and creating two lanes of traffic all the way to the A19/A191 Holystone Interchange
In addition, a series of infrastructure improvements were introduced for cyclists, which included: the creation of an improved shared cycle way/footpath from Benton Road (near Sambuca’s) and onto Silverlink North; improved access from West Allotment onto Quick Silver Way; and the creation of new dual pedestrian/cycle crossings on all four arms of the Cobalt Central roundabout.
Video: Drone footage of the scheme
Video: Traffic movements without and with the improvement scheme
In common with all major road improvement scheme across the borough, we kept residents, road users and other stakeholders informed throughout the project by issuing regular email bulletins to hundreds of subscribers.
Please find below a special bulletin concerning remedial and snagging works during w/c June 11 2018.