This is the season for roadworks which are affecting various parts of the cycling network in South Tyneside.
The cycleway between the A184 and Downhill Lane, which is an important,well used link is still closed due to Northern Power works on the overhead lines which is for the new Wear Crossing. This is expected to be reopen early to mid January. The alternative route is to use Downhill lane itself between the A184 and the A1290
Follingsby Lane will be closed from 8th of January until March for Bridge repair works. At the minute there is no update whether pedestrian/cycle access will be possible. The closest alternative is use the shared path alongside the A184, and the cycleway when it reopens. To avoid the poor surface crossings at Testo, it is possible to use the farm bridge which links the old Newcastle road beside Enterprise car rental, with Boldon Business park, although it can get slippy when wet.
Further afield, Cherry Blossom Way is closed to vehicles at the junction with Nissan way, although there is fairly narrow access for pedestrians and cyclists. Use the road, and the path on the east side from the Adient gate