Work will include removing 250 leylandii trees which have become a hazard in strong winds, clearing scrub and carrying out grass seeding in time for the spring. Replacement tree planting will be undertaken in the winter season, which is the best time for tree planting. The number and types of trees replanted will be decided in discussion with South Tyneside Council.
Highways Agency project manager, Kyle Maylard, said:
The mature leylandii trees at the roundabout, due to their size, have become dangerous in high winds and need to be removed for the safety of road users. A number of branches have snapped and broken off in the recent strong winds. We will also be clearing dense scrub which traps litter and debris, looks unsightly, and attracts anti-social behaviour. We will be replacing the trees with deciduous varieties, and the new trees will not be planted until later in the year.
Work will take place on the roundabout during the day from Wednesday 26 February to Friday 7 March and will not impact on traffic.
On Sunday 2 March, lane two will be closed on the roundabout to enable the trees to be chipped and removed as biomass fuel.
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