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A19 Wallsend Interchange, southbound exit slip road resurfacing

HIGHWAYS AGENCY News Release issued by COI News Distribution Service on 14 March 2011

Resurfacing and lining work will begin tonight on the A19 southbound exit slip road at Wallsend Interchange in Tyne and Wear.

Work will take place overnight between 8pm and 6am and will be completed by Thursday 17 March.

As the works will be taking place at the junction of the slip road and the A19, it will be necessary to close both the A19 southbound carriageway between Silverlink and Wallsend and the southbound exit slip road.

Traffic wishing to travel south from Silverlink Interchange will be diverted along the A1058 Coast Road to Norham Road to rejoin the A19 at the Wallsend Interchange.

Highways Agency project manager, John Sheerin, said: "When complete these works will prolong the life of the carriageway, enhance the reflectivity of the road markings and improve road safety at this junction. We ask that drivers take extra care when travelling along the diversion route."

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Notes to Editors

Issued by the Highways Agency Yorkshire & North East. For further information please contact Jennifer Hart on 01924 243744 | 07990771822. Media enquiries out of hours should be made to the Highways Agency National Press Office (24hrs) on 0207 081 7443.

1. The Highways Agency is an executive agency of the Department for Transport. We manage, maintain and improve England's motorways and other strategic roads on behalf of the Secretary of State.

2. Maintenance and improvement projects: We plan maintenance and improvement projects carefully to allow road works to be completed safely, in a cost effective way while keeping disruption to road users to a minimum. We do as much work as possible overnight and when roads are less busy in order to keep more lanes open for road users at peak travel times. Drivers are advised to check their route for road works and allow extra time for their journeys where needed. We have a variety of journey planning tools that road users can use to check travel conditions on the roads we manage, and we will do all we can to keep road users informed.

3. Safety at roadworks: The Highways Agency is working with the industry and road users to reduce the risks of working on the roads. For the safety of road workers and all road users, when you are approaching roadworks:

- Keep within the speed limit - it is there for your safety.
- Get into the correct lane in good time - don't keep switching.
- Concentrate on the road ahead, not the roadworks.
- Be alert for works' traffic leaving or entering roadworks.
- Keep a safe distance - there could be queues in front.
- Observe all signs - they are there to help you.

4. Real-time traffic information for England's motorways and other strategic roads is available:

- From the web at www.highways.gov.uk/traffic or www.highways.gov.uk/mobile if using a phone or mobile device.
- By phone from the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000 at any time. (Calls to 0300 numbers will cost no more than 5p per minute from a standard BT residential landline. Call charges from other landlines and mobile networks may vary, but will be no more than a standard geographic call and will be included in all inclusive minutes and discount schemes).
- Before using any mobile, find a safe place to park. Never stop on the hard shoulder of a motorway except in an emergency. Make sure it's safe and legal before you call.
- From our Traffic Radio service, available on DAB digital radio and the internet at www.trafficradio.org.uk To tune into the DAB service, simply press the "scan" button on your radio. The radio will tune into all available channels and you can select the new service by scrolling through the channels until you reach "Traffic Radio".

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Contacts:

Highways Out of Hours
Phone: 020 7081 7443
nds.highwaysagency@coi.gsi.gov.uk

Jennifer Hart
Phone: 01924 243744
jennifer.hart@highways.gsi.gov.uk