A major highways project to protect a South Tyneside route from coastal erosion is now complete.
The scheme has realigned a part of the scenic A183 Coast Road to move it back from the clifftops.
A 500m section, between Marsden Lime Kilns and the holiday park near the Marsden Grotto, has been moved inland by up to 24m, as it was vulnerable to erosion.
A study carried out in 2019 highlighted that parts of the route in South Shields would be compromised in the future, because of ongoing erosion of the cliff face, including the formation of caves.
The area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and Special Area of Conservation because of its proximity to local wildlife habitats and near Marsden Lime Kilns, a scheduled monument.
Cllr Margaret Meling, Lead Member for Economic Growth and Transport, said: “The new section of road is now in place and the old road will be returned to grassland.
“I’d like to thank drivers for their patience while this essential work has been carried out.
“This project was vital for public safety. It involved a great deal of planning and preparation because it was important to take account of the area’s natural and historical features.
“This route really showcases our beautiful coastline and we hope that this scheme will mean that it is protected for around 50 years.”
The work, which has been ongoing since last November, was carried out by Howard Civil Engineering.
Contracts Manager Tony Kilbane said: “Howard Civil Engineering are very proud and pleased to have been involved in the delivery of this scheme for South Tyneside Council.
“This was a challenging project but we have delivered a quality end product.”
The coastal footpath has already been ‘rolled back’ to a safe location and away from the cliff edge in conjunction with the landowner, the National Trust, and the current cycle and bridleway will be maintained along the realigned section.
For further information about the project visit www.southtyneside.gov.uk/coastroad