Traffic lights improvement scheme


  1. Overview
  2. Aims of the project
  3. What improvements will be carried out
  4. Timescales
  5. Roadworks
  6. More information


South Tyneside is set to benefit from a series of traffic light upgrades on major bus routes across the region. 

Funded by the region's Transforming Cities Fund programme, £1.8 million will be invested in modernising and connecting traffic lights across the borough.

Aims of the project

Overall, the work aims to: 

  • prioritise buses at key junctions to help improve bus reliability and journey times
  • reduce congestion affecting public transport
  • improve air quality
  • help to encourage people out of their cars and on to public transport

What improvements will be carried out

Across South Tyneside, 29 junctions which are controlled by traffic lights will be upgraded or renewed.

They are located along the following main bus routes: 

  • Newcastle to South Shields
  • Sunderland to South Shields
  • John Reid Road, South Shields
  • A184 through Boldon

View our map of junctions that will be upgraded


Work started in April 2022, focusing on the smaller crossings in the area. 

In July 2022 we began improvements to the busier junctions, completing 21 junction upgrades as of August 2023.

The remaining junctions and the whole project are expected to complete by Spring 2024.


Any disruption will be short in duration and where possible we will avoid peak times.

Temporary traffic lights will be used at the junctions while the work is taking place.

Pedestrian crossings will also be put in place temporarily if needed.

More information

If you have a query or need more information, email

All enquires will be responded to within five working days. We will, of course, aim to respond sooner.

The work is part of a wider project to improve bus journey times across the North East.

We're working with our neighbouring local councils on this initiative, which has received a total investment of nearly £20million from the Transforming Cities Fund.

Read more at: Connecting the North East