Killingworth Road Bridge Renewal and Highway Improvement Scheme

Road re-opening delayed until June due to over-running gas works. Read the full story here

Click here for our leaflet (pdf 4.1MB).


Killingworth Road in Newcastle will be closed from 20 July 2017 until June 2018 as part of a £13.5m investment project to widen the road and install a new Metro bridge at a well-known pinch point.

We worked with Nexus to install a new Metro bridge and widen the road which leads on to Haddricks Mill roundabouts in South Gosforth, to reduce congestion, smooth traffic flow and increase safety to one of the main commuter routes into Newcastle.

Now that the new bridge is in place, we now need to complete major utility works before we can build the new wider carriageway. Northern Gas Networks need to divert three gas mains away from the section of road due for improvement. This is the most complex part of the scheme and will take several months to complete. Only once this work is complete can we re-open the road. 

During this part of the project, asbestos was discovered which had to be safely removed before work could continue and there was also issues with an old water pipe which Northumbrian Water had to divert which has resulted in a 12-week delay to the project.

The councils, Nexus, bus operators and other partners are working together to minimise disruption and diversions will be in place. Plans include timings on traffic signals tweaked across the network to smooth traffic flow, temporary bus lanes to prioritise buses through key junctions, with additional buses and pricing incentives to encourage more people to use public transport. We will also close Salters Bridge to reduce traffic through residential areas.

This work is part of our Re-newcastle programme of investment into our Newcastle's highways and key junctions - the biggest investment in our city's roads in over 30 years.

New bridge installation.



More info on:

Local access - walking and cycling
Bus diversion information
Metro information
Travelling by car
What we're doing to keep Newcastle moving during the roadworks
Project updates

Here's Cllr Ainsley telling us more about the works.



Help to plan your journey and get information about roadworks
Download our new app in advance of the closure to keep up to date about the roadworks and for help on planning your journey. You can do so by searching for GoSmarter (without a space) in the app store or go here. We will be able to use this app to contact people and let them know about issues on the roads and other ways to travel during the roadworks.

Email  to keep up to date with all of the latest developments. North Tyneside residents can email to get information from Newcastle and North Tyneside councils. 


Page last updated: 
23 March 2018
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