Britain’s First Ever TRIPLE Decker Roundabout Will Drive You Round The Bend

If you thought roundabouts were a bit scary or confusing then you should probably avoid this potential mindfield.

Work has begun on the UK’s first ever TRIPLE decker roundabout - and its likely to cause headaches all round.

At a cost of £75m, the roundabout is designed to help drivers, cyclists and pedestrians along the A19 in Tyneside.

The road is set to be LOWERED under the A1058 Coast Road in an attempt to reduce congestion and lengthy traffic jams going in and out of the Tyne Tunnel.

Jams: Cars will be able to avoid queuing on the existing roundabout to go straight on (Highways England)

Drivers will be able to drive straight on by using the lowered road, rather than queue on the existing roundabout to do so.

Two bridges will also be built to carry the roundabout traffic cross the lowered A19, as well as a new slip road and two footbridges for pedestrians and cyclists to cross the A1058.

Julie Alexander, Highways England project manager, said: “Once complete, this scheme will improve journey times on the A19 by reducing congestion and improving safety for the thousands of drivers that use this junction each day as well as cyclists and pedestrians.”

Work on the roundabout is due to start in the summer and is set to last for at least two years.

Top pic: Highways England