Tyne & Wear

Cycle path diverted after wall collapses in Gateshead

Wall collapse on the River Tyne
Image caption Temporary ramps will be used in the area

Walkers and cyclists are being diverted after a section of river wall collapsed in Gateshead.

Council officials were alerted at the weekend when about 15m (49ft) of Victorian bricks, stones and other debris fell in to the Tyne.

Emergency barriers have been erected around the site at Pipewellgate, Gateshead.

A detailed investigation will now take place to identify the cause and any repair costs.

Nick Clennett, head of transport and highways for Gateshead Council, said: "Last weekend's collapse of a small section of the riverside wall was unexpected, but it's not unknown for very old structures such as these to fail suddenly."

National cycle route 14, which passes through the area, will remain open following the installation of temporary ramps and signs.

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