Tyne & Wear

Cowgate 'giant Lego blocks' roundabout delay

Roadworks sign
Image caption The work has been ongoing for more than a year

Motorists in Newcastle are facing further delays with work on a busy roundabout due to last until Easter.

The £4m scheme to replace Cowgate roundabout with a junction and traffic lights - which included filling in the basin with giant polystyrene blocks - was scheduled to finish in December.

Newcastle City Council said the final phase was now due to begin.

This would lead to further lane closures but it was working on a plan to minimise traffic disruption.

A council spokesman said it had decided to postpone the major works so traffic disruption would not impact on retailers during the Christmas and January sales period.

Image copyright Newcastle City Council
Image caption The Lego-like blocks have been covered with a layer of compacted stone

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