Coast Road Cycleway Scheme

Work has started to widen the Coast Road (A183) cycleway between Marsden Bay and the New Crown roundabout in South Shields.


  1. Overview
  2. What we are going to do
  3. Roadworks
  4. Timescale
  5. Contact us


Work has now started along the Coast Road (A183) to carry out improvements to the exisiting cycleway.

The work commenced at Marsden Bay and will progress northwards, finishing adjacent to the New Crown roundabout.

The route is part of the National Cycle Network (NCN1). 

This £2 million scheme is mostly funded by the Active Travel Fund, and is due to finish in summer 2024. 

What we are going to do

The scheme involves widening the footpath and cycleway to a minimum width, where possible, of two metres each.

The space required to enable the widening will be provided by a slight narrowing of the existing road lane widths. The existing car parking facilities will be slightly repositioned but will be maintained. 

Signalised pedestrian road crossings are being added along the Coast Road (A183) to improve connections to local residential areas.

The existing stone bus shelters to this side of the road will be replaced with perspex type shelters to improve visibility and general safety.

The entrance to Marsden Grotto car park will also be simplified to improve safety and give pedestrians and cyclists priority when crossing.


The plan is to keep the cycleway open for the duration of the scheme. If this does need to close for any reason, there will be a local diversion set up.

It is not planned to close the Coast Road during the works but there will be temporary signals in place for the duration of the scheme to enable the works to be safely carried out.

Overnight surfacing may require short term road closures, but these will be avoided where possible and kept to an absolute minimum if required. 


Construction started in late November 2023, and is expected to finish in summer 2024.

The work will take place in 3 phases commencing south of the Marsden Grotto car park and working northwards to the New Crown roundabout.

Contact us

For more information please contact