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Drivers warned of resurfacing work disruption

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Daniel Holland

Drivers have been warned to stay away from a busy Newcastle commuter route for the next two weeks while resurfacing work is carried out.

The work on Kingston Park Road to the west of the A1 will involve lane closures and temporary lights for about two weeks from Monday.

People have previously complained that they are fed up with slow progress on the £1.7m scheme to widen the road, which they said has caused “horrendous” disruption since work began back in May 2019.

The council has now promised that the project, which it hopes will cut congestion around the busy A1 roundabout in the north of the city, will now be completely finished by October.

Roadworks on Kingston Park Road

Teens help community with uniform donation hub

BBC Newcastle

A group of teenagers in Gateshead is helping their local community by running a uniform donation hub.

The seven students are appealing for blazers, jumpers, shirts, trousers and stationery supplies they can reallocate to pupils at primary and secondary schools in the town.

Morgan, 17, said: "It's great, it feels like I'm actually working again.

"Before the lockdown, it was just like a brainstorming idea, then obviously with Covid-19, we've decided to kick it into high gear because loads of people like myself have been made redundant, have fell on really hard times, where uniforms for people going back to school are really hard to pay for for families who can't afford them."

Items can be safely dropped off at Lobley Hill Youth and Community Centre.

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