|To:||Tyne Dock (NZ352648)|
|Distance:||5.2 miles (8.4 km)|
|Meets:||A184, A19, A194|
|Old route now:||A194, B1298|
|Route outline (key)|
The A185 is a short urban A-road on the right bank of the River Tyne.
The road starts at the roundabout by Heworth station, where it meets the A184. This roundabout is signalised despite its small size and is therefore a bottleneck.
The road heads eastwards along Shields Road through Pelaw. It becomes dual for a short section to cross the Heworth to South Shields metro line, although in practice the road is only D1 here: eastbound one lane is a bus lane whilst westbound has a cycle lane and the remainder hatched out.
At traffic lights by the former Hebburn campus of South Tyneside College the A185 meets the B1306, then continues in a northerly direction into the centre of Hebburn. This merges seamlessly into Jarrow where the road crosses the metro line by Jarrow station and then turns right at a roundabout to pass to the south of the town centre (although originally it ran ahead along the High Street then past St Paul's church to rejoin its current route). The road crosses the mouths of the A19 Tyne Tunnel before a roundabout GSJ gives access to that road.
Continuing east there is a brief section of dual carriageway before the old route of the A185 rejoins. A brief D1 section follows, after which the A185 reaches a roundabout, where it ends on the A194.
Before the extension of the A194 as part of the Tyne Tunnel construction works in the 1960s, the A185 continued ahead. It ran along Dean Road through Chichester to end on the A19 (now A1018) Westoe Road to the south of South Shields. This section is now A194 and B1298 although the road through Chichester is unclassified.