|To:||Forest Hall (NZ265701)|
|Length:||3.2 miles (5.1 km)|
|Meets:||A193, B1312, A1058, A191, A189, B1505|
|Former Number(s):||B1314, A1060|
|Old route now:||A1058, A191, A186|
|Route outline (key)|
The A188 is a short A-road in North Tyneside.
It starts at a roundabout on the A193 by a retail park on the edge of Byker. The road heads north along Chillingham Road and soon goes over the East Coast Main Line. After running through Heaton a roundabout is reached on the A1058, which is grade-separated.
On the far side of the A1058 the A188 is dual-carriageway. However, the road is liberally scattered with roundabouts. Furthermore, the road is residential and so the left lane is generally used for parking cars. The road becomes S2 once more as it crossed out of Newcastle upon Tyne just before crossing the A191 at a roundabout. It passes Four Lane Ends metro station and continues north through Longbenton. The road reaches an industrial estate at a roundabout on the edge of town and becomes dual until the next roundabout, where it ends on the A189.
Originally the A188 started on the A1 (now B1318) on the northern edge of Newcastle city centre. It headed east along Jesmond Road through Jesmond to reach its current route in Heaton. This was followed north to the near side of Longbenton, after which the road headed east once more via East Benton and Shiremoor to end on the A192 in Earsdon.
Within the next ten years the proposed A1058 road from Newcastle to the coast had been completed. The majority of this was new-build but the westernmost section took over part of the A188. In return, the A188 was diverted along what was the B1314 into Byker.
The northern end of the A188 was rerouted after World War II. It took over the A1060 through Longbenton to Forest Hall. The route left became an extension of the A191 as far as Shiremoor, then A186 to Earsden, although Shiremoor is now largely bypassed.