- A183 road
Souter Lighthouse] The A183 road runs from South Shieldsin Tyne and Wear, through Sunderlandand ends at Chester-le-Streetin County Durham. It is a major route in South Tyneside, Sunderland and Chester-le-Street serving many areas and landmarks along its route.
outh Tyneside section
The road begins in the centre of South Shields, near the Town Hall, as "Anderson Street". It becomes "Ocean Road", famous locally for its Indian restaurants, and subject to traffic calming measures in recent years. The A183 then becomes "Sea Road" as it passes between the North and South Marine Parks as well as the Wouldhave Memorial and Sea Hotel. The road then continues along the seafront area of the town passing the fairground, Bents Park and Amphitheatre. The road then turns at Gandhi's Temple and becomes "Mowbray Road" as it passes Gypsies Green Stadium.
At the New Crown Hotel it becomes the "Coast Road" once past the junction for the Waters Edge public house, the road continues to Marsden without any turn junctions, passing The Leas on the Coastal side, the finishing point for the
Great North Run. The A183 then meets the A1300 at its junction on "Redwell Lane" and continues as the "Coast Road". Nest the road passes the famous Marsden Rockand Marsden Grottoon Marsden Beach. The A183 then continues at the "Coast Road" until it reaches Souter Lighthouse.
The road now becomes "Mill Lane" as it passes through Whitburn Colliery, the road becomein "East Street" as it passes through Whitburn Village itself. After passing Cornthwaite Park the A183 becomes "Whitburn Bents Road" and enters Sunderland.
Once through Whitburn, the road enters Sunderland. It runs along the seafront, as "Whitburn Road", passing the
beaches of Seaburn(home of the annual "Sunderland International Airshow" which attracts 1.2 million visitors) and Roker.
It then winds alongside the
River Wear, as "Dame Dorothy Street", where it passes the National Glass Centre, the St. Peter's campus of the University of Sunderland, the seventh centurySt. Peter's Church, before crossing the river into the city centre at the Wearmouth Bridge- which it shares with the A1018 road.It loops around the north-western edge of the city centre as "St. Mary's Way", "Livingstone Road" and "St. Michael's Way", where it passes Sunderland Minster, before becoming "Chester Road".
As "Chester Road" it runs past the city campus of the University, and through a commercial section before reaching the
Sunderland Royal Hospital. It runs alongside Bishopwearmouth Cemeterytoward the Grindon estate. It is here that it becomes a dual carriageway- running past the Pennywelland Hastings Hillestates, past the " Sunderland Echo" office to the A19 fly-over.
Past the A19 the road runs past the Herrington Country Park and the
Penshaw Monument, through Penshaw, before reaching a large roundabout at Shiney Rowwith the A182.Originally. the road carried on through Shiney Row - but due to traffic calming measures and the opening of a new link road past the new Biddick Woods Estate (which lies to the west of Shiney Row, the A183 shares the A182 for approx 1/2 mile, before coming onto its own again at Biddick Woods - then linking onto it's original route just short of the county boundary near the site of the old cokeworks between Bournmoorand Shiney Row at Wapping Bridge). The link road will eventually continue through to Chilton Moorand connect onto the A690.
County Durham section
The road becomes
single carriagewayonce more, and passes out of Sunderland through Bournmoor. It runs downhill alongside the river Wear, close to Lumley Castle. This stretch is called "New Bridge Bank", and the road crosses over the New Bridge, one of the earliest crossings over the river Wear. The road ends at the A1(M) junction - the "Blind Lane" leads to Beamish on the A693 and the "Shields Road" leads into Chester-le-Street.
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