Roadworks on bypass

Motorists are being warned about extra congestion as a major road improvement scheme in Gateshead progresses.

Motorists are being warned about extra congestion as a major road improvement scheme in Gateshead progresses.

Large-scale roadworks started on the Felling bypass on January 28. Work is now about to start on the installation of street lighting and a safety barrier which will mean the eastbound carriageway being temporarily reduced to a single lane. The work is due to start on Monday and is expected to last six weeks.

LinkUp again

A SECOND LinkUp bus is being commissioned for South Tyneside, offering personalised journeys that can be booked over the phone.

And a new bus service, the 599, will be introduced from March 25 to provide local evening journeys for the community around Jarrow town centre and Low Simonside.

More than 700 people a week in South Tyneside now use LinkUp, which was launched in July 2006.

Young love

YOUNG brides or brides-to-be are being invited to participate in a television documentary.

Granada Television is making a one hour programme for ITV focusing on teenagers who decide to tie the knot. Anyone interested in talking about their experiences of marrying young should contact Melanie Tompkins on (0207) 578-4227 or email

Good to talk

A LABOUR councillor is inviting people to discuss their concerns.

Coun Ed Malcolm, one of three Labour councillors representing Simonside and Rekendyke in South Tyneside, is holding a surgery for Tyne Dock residents on Saturday from 10am to 11am at St Mary's School in Lord Nelson Street.

Trust success

AN INDEPENDENT assessor has named a North-East NHS Foundation Trust as one of the top eight in the country.

MONITOR, the regulator of Foundation Trusts, has declared South Tyneside to be among the best in England.

Enjoy sport

A CLUB has been launched to help youngsters enjoy sport.

The Multi-Skills club is being run by South Tyneside Council's sports development team to encourage children aged five to eight to learn basic skills and experience being part of a team.

The group meets at Monkton Stadium every Wednesday from 4.30pm to 5.30pm. Sessions are £1.80.

For more information call (0191) 424-7397.


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