News

Travel Disruptions from the last 5 Days

02/02/2016

A19 Northbound, in the early hours a vehicle collided with traffic signals on the Eastern side of the A19 Wessington Way A1231 junction resulting in a closure to all Eastbound traffic until approx 10:15hrs after repairs and Police accident investigation work.

A19 Northbound, at approx 08:00hrs four vehicles collided prior to the A1231 Sunderland Highway exit requiring the  Fire and Rescue service to cut people from their vehicles etc this did not clear until around 09:50hrs and due to the close proximity of both incidents the effect to commuter traffic was harsh and incurred heavy delays to the local area. 

29/01/16
Heavy wind caused debris to be deposited on several arterial routes throughout the morning, including northbound on the A19 approaching Hylton Bridge.

The Redheugh Bridge was closed from ~06.30 - 07.30 northbound to all vehicles. This reopeend to normal vehicles at ~07.30 but was subsequently closed to high sided vehicles both directions.

A tree was overblown onto the B1318 Great North Road northbound carriageway, completely blocking the raod from 10.00 to 12.00. Severe delays were experienced in the area due to this incident.




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A1231 Wessington Way - New Wear Bridge Works


Starting from Monday the 11th of Jan 2016 there will be lane and speed restrictions of 20mph and 30mph in places both East and Westbound between the Queen Alexandra Bridge and the Barons Quay Road roundabout.

These works will have an impact on daily commutes to and from the A19 and Sunderland City but are essential infrastructure works as part of the new Wear Bridge crossing scheme.

  • A1231 Wessington Way - down to one lane in both directions for around 12 months
  • Timber Beach Road that links the A1231 Wessington Way with the main road through Sunderland
  • Enterprise Park will close permanently from mid-February 2016
  • The roundabout connecting European Way and Pallion New Road will be restructured


A1231 Wessington Way

The main work in this area will start in January 2016 and will see part of the A1231 Wessington Way reduced to one lane in both directions for around 12 months.

The area affected runs between the Queen Alexandra Bridge junction and the roundabout that connects Wessington Way with Colima Avenue (near the footbridge and McDonalds). There will also be reduced speed limits in place throughout this time.

The works will see the Castletown roundabout on Wessington Way (beside Sainsbury's) at the junction with Timber Beach Road replaced with traffic lights. This will give direct access from the A1231 Wessington Way to the new bridge, across to Pallion and on to the city centre and the Port of Sunderland, and cater for the changes in the area as people use this junction to access the new bridge.


Timber Beach Road

The short section of Timber Beach Road that links the A1231 Wessington Way with the main road through Sunderland Enterprise Park will close permanently from mid-February 2016.

Access between Sunderland Enterprise Park and the A1231 Wessington Way will be via the two Colima Avenue routes or via the Queen Alexandra Bridge junction.

This section of road is being closed permanently to make way for a new road linking the A1231 Wessington Way directly to the new bridge, across the river to Pallion and on to the city centre and the Port of Sunderland.

The main section of Timber Beach Road that connects Hylton Park Road to Colima Avenue have occasional roadworks, but will remain open throughout 2016 and once the works are complete.


Pallion New Road and European Way

The roundabout between European Way and Pallion New Road is being replaced with traffic lights, which will speed up traffic flow in the area and give direct access from Pallion across the new bridge to the A1231 Wessington Way, and on to the A19. This work will start in the spring of 2016, and will last for around for 15 months.


Woodbine Terrace

Work is already underway in the area to widen and strengthen Woodbine Terrace in Pallion.
Timber screening has been installed on Woodbine Terrace to secure the area and enable a new boundary wall to be built on the strip of land that runs down towards the river, next to Matalan.

During these works, Woodbine Terrace is currently reduced to one lane. Priority is being given to traffic heading north, towards the river, ensuring that there is no queuing traffic back to the roundabout at the entrance to Pallion Industrial Estate.

Signs are in place to inform people that retailers on Pallion Retail Park and local businesses, such as Sunderland Wall and WH Forster Printers at Pallion Quay, are operating as usual.



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Important Changes to CCTV Camera Feeds

From Monday 08/02/16 there will be disruption to the Open Data Service, particularly our CCTV camera feeds.

Due to service maintenance and upgrade work, CCTV Camera assets will be unavailable on the Open Data Service & public website. CCTV camera asset ID's starting BBC and BBHS will be renamed under a new convention to allow for future expansion. Please find a list of the cameras & changes that will be made here.

CCTV static, dynamic & images feeds on the Open Data Service will experience disruption from Monday 08/02/16 at 07:00 until Wednesday 10/02/16. Subscribers must make changes to their services to continue to receive the correct & updated CCTV cameras. Full information on the feeds can be found again on the API document here.

During this time images will also be unavailable on netrafficcams.co.uk & transportnortheast.com. Images of any traffic events will continue to be posted on our Twitter & Facebook pages.

Together with the updates to our Open Data Service, our new website including full live traffic information for Durham, Northumberland & Tyne & Wear launches at
www.transportnortheast.com from Wednesday 10/02/16.

Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

North East Combined Authority Urban Traffic Management Control (UTMC)



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Data Movement - Open Data Competition - Stage 2


NECA Urban Traffic Management Control (UTMC) in collaboration with Sunderland Software City have launched a competition to design and build a new travel app.

Over 50 applications have been submitted that use Open Data published by the UTMC in their design. Ideas include journey time and public transport information, parking guidance and air quality updates.

Voting has now opened to find out which apps would be most popular with the public. The top three will then be developed and released onto Apple, Google or Windows Stores.

To vote for the app that you would most like to see and use plus the chance to win an iPad please visit www.datamovement.co.uk/entries. Voting closes 12/02/16.




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Metro - Central Station Closure

Central Station Metro is closed in Newcastle from Thu 10/03/16 @ 20:00 re-opening on Mon 14/03/16 @ 05:00. Electrical working takes place as part of the station improvement upgrade.

Passengers are advised to use Monument. Taxi provision will be in place for passengers who are unable to walk and hold a concessionary travel pass.  



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A167 Cowgate Roundabout Re-configuration, Newcastle


Major roadworks to improve Cowgate Roundabout will started on Jan 2015

The roadworks by Newcastle City Council are part of £4 million of improvements to one of the key junctions into the city-centre. They are expected to last until the first quater 2016.

To minimise disruption to motorists, the council will aim to only close lanes during off-peak hours except where absolutely necessary and during quiet periods such as school holidays when traffic is lightest - keeping Newcastle's roads and motorists moving.

The junction will be signalised and priority lanes will be added for buses to speed up public transport.
The old subway will be removed and street level signalised  pedestrian  crossings installed along with dedicated cycle routes.

This is a large undertaking and some disruption in inevitable. 

For further information follow this link



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A188 / A189 Major Improvement Works, North Tyneside


North Tyneside Council applied for and won £2.2m from the Department for Transport to carry out major improvement works on the A188/A189 Benton Road corridor.

This major project will help to improve general traffic and public transport movements. This in turn will support future job creation and local economic growth, enhance road safety and provide better pedestrian and cycle facilities.

Highlights of the Works

  • A191 / A188 Four Lane Ends Roundabout - Replacing the existing roundabout to a signalised junction *Completed*
  • A188 / Goathland Avenue / West Farm Avenue Roundabout - Replacing the existing roundabout to a signalised junction *Completed*
  • Quorum / Balliol Business Parks Roundabout - Installing traffic signals on the existing roundabout *Completed*
  • A188-A189 Benton Lane / Salters’ Lane Roundabout - Widening & installing traffic signals on the existing roundabout *To Be Confirmed*
  • A189 next to White House Farm - Install a new signalised roundabout with Pegasus crossing & new bus stops *Ongoing*
  • A1056-A189 Sandy Lane / Killingworth Way Roundabout - Widening & installing traffic signals on the existing roundabout *To Be Confirmed*
  • Eastern side of A188 Benton Lane / Goathland Avenue junction to Quorum Business Park - Improved off-road pedestrian and cycle links *Completed*

This project is being managed and delivered by Capita, North Tyneside Council's technical services partner.

Construction is due to start this summer. The works will cause some disruption, however every effort will be made to keep this to a minimum.

All works will be carried outside of peak times, between 9.30 and 15:00. Some limited night time working will be required. No approaches will be closed, most will be reduced to a single lane. No diversions are required for the works.

Full info including maps of works please visit: http://is.gd/OfaRng



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A19 Middle Engine Lane Bridge Refurbishment Works


Phase 1

Work will commence on the A19 and will be mainly carried out over night 20:00hrs - 06:00hrs starting on Monday the 23rd of March, using lane closures with occasional Carriageway closures, some off-peak lane closures will operate during the daytime. Fully signed diversion routes will be in place when Carriageways are closed.  Whilst the works are carried out on the A19 a temporary speed restriction will remain in force at all times for safety reasons.
 

Phase 2

Works are expected to commence on Tuesday the 7th of April 2015 and to be completed by March 2016, assuming reasonable weather conditions. This work will be carried out mostly during day time hours, Monday – Friday, but there will be some night time working starting at 20:00 hrs each evening until 06:00 hrs the following morning. To provide a safe working space it will be necessary to restrict traffic to a single lane on Middle Engine Lane, the Eastbound Carriageway will therefore be closed to traffic with the exception of buses. This arrangement will be controlled by temporary automatic traffic lights. These lights will be manned during peak traffic times and will be in place 24 hours a day.

Work on Middle Engine Lane Bridge will affect the footpaths running below the bridge and diversions will be in place at all times.

When complete these works will address essential safety and maintenance needs of the bridge

An alternative route for the road is available via:

Northbound - Addington Road roundabout exit onto Battle Hill Drive to A1058 Coast Road interchange, take Eastbound Carriageway entry slip road, exit slip road to Silverlink Interchange, then second exit onto The Silverlink, ahead through three roundabouts, at the fourth roundabout take the first left for Middle Engine Lane.

Southbound - The Silverlink roundabout with Middle Engine Lane and Atmel Way, exit onto The Silverlink, through next three roundabouts, at fourth roundabout, the Silverlink Interchange, take the third exit onto the A1058 Coast Road Westbound carriageway entry slip road, then the exit slip road to the junction with Battle Hill Drive, take the third exit onto Battle Hill Drive to the Addington Drive roundabout.

An alternative route for the footpath is available via:

Pedestrians approaching Middle Engine Lane under bridge from the North

North footway closed - cross Middle Engine Lane onto Southern footway East of the under bridge. Re-cross Middle Engine Lane West of the under bridge and proceed into the Battle Hill housing estate on the existing permanent footways.

South footway closed - Cross Middle Engine Lane onto the North footway East of Middle Engine Lane under bridge. Re-cross Middle Engine Lane West of the under bridge to continue south on Middle Engine Lane or use the existing permanent footways through Battle Hill housing estate.

Approaching Middle Engine Lane under bridge from the South

South footway closed - Cross Middle Engine Lane onto the North footway West of Middle Engine Lane under bridge, re-cross Middle Engine Lane East of the under bridge



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A1 Improvements: Coalhouse-Metrocentre, Gateshead


The Highways Agency is making improvements to the A1 around Gateshead with a target start of works date of 26 August 2014. The scheme is planned to be open to traffic by spring 2016.

This scheme was announced as an extension to the A1 Lobley Hill to Dunston scheme in April 2014. The scheme will now extend south from Lobley Hill junction to Coal House junction and north from Dunston junction to the Metro Centre junction. 

The improvements consist of upgrading the A1 from two to three lanes in each direction between Coal House and Metro Centre along with the introduction of new parallel link roads between Lobley Hill and the A184 Gateshead Quays junctions.

The scheme will be constructed within the existing highways boundary and no additional land will be required. It will relieve congestion on this section of the A1 Western Bypass, and therefore improve journey time reliability.

For further information regarding these works please contact Lynne Biddles at Highways Agency, Lateral, 8 City Walk, Leeds, LS119AT. Alternatively, call the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000, or email a1coalhousetometrocentre@highways.gsi.gov.uk

Further info may be found at http://www.highways.gov.uk/A1CoalHouseMetroCentre



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How do average speed cameras work?


The multiple cameras (at least two) are set at separate locations along a stretch of road (at a minimum 200m apart) and using automatic number plate reading technology will record the time and date of each vehicle that passes. Then a computer will work out the average speed between the cameras to determine if the vehicle was over the speed limit. The cameras are nicknamed yellow vultures due to their colour.



Do the cameras work at night?

Yes
, they are fitted with infra-red illumination to ensure they work night and day, and all weathers.


Can the cameras run out of film?


No
, unlike other cameras average speed camera are saved digitally to a computer.


Can the cameras catch motorbikes?

Yes, cameras are equipped to capture all types of vehicles.


If a vehicle changes lanes will they avoid any fines?


No, cameras calculate for lane changes. But this myth can mean people dangerously switch lanes increasing the chance of crashes.


Can I outrun the speed camera?


No, speed cameras work up to around 300mph so unless you are driving a jet-powered car the answer is still no.



Myth


The Average Speed Camera System will increase frustration and will encourage more dangerous overtaking


Fact


Driver frustration is partly due to the behaviour of other drivers and partly due to unreliability of journey times. Observations indicate that the cameras improve driver behaviour by reducing excessive speed and instances of tail gating. People are also more realistic about the speed they can drive at under such a system. As for journey times, these will become more reliable as the cameras will reduce the number of incidents that require closures.

It is expected the cameras will allow other motorists to overtake more safely by increasing the gaps (headway) between vehicles, however the traffic models suggest that the cameras actually reduce the desire to overtake.

For more information on speed awareness, enforcement etc. follow this link



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CCTV Video Wall


Still images from the regions Traffic Management CCTV cameras are now available in a “video wall” format at www.netrafficcams.co.uk

The images typically update every 1 – 15 minutes and can be filtered by district. Or cameras of interest can be selected to be viewed on the “My Camera” tab or selected from a map based layer and filtered by distance from your current location or by postcode.

On both the All Camera and My Cameras view the user can select how many cameras are display at once, this defaults to 12 images per page.

On desktop machines the images will automatically refresh as soon as a new image becomes available, on mobile devices users click the refresh button to update with the latest image (this is to ensure that mobile users are in control of how much data is being downloaded).



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Park & Ride

Across Tyne & Wear there is a variety of Car Park & Ride facilities. At these locations users can interchange with either bus, cycle, metro, rail or taxi & avoid queues within city centres or possible full central car parks.

Car Park

District

Post Code

Interchange with...

Heworth

Gateshead

NE10 0NE

Bus, Cycle Parking, Metro, Rail & Taxi

Callerton Parkway

Newcastle

NE13 8DF

Cycle Parking & Metro

Great Park

Newcastle

NE13 9AA

Bus

Kingston Park

Newcastle

NE3 2SW

Cycle Parking & Metro

Regent Centre

Newcastle

NE3 3PF

Cycle Parking & Metro

Walkergate

Newcastle

NE6 4NT

Metro

Four Lane Ends

North Tyneside

NE7 7UJ

Bus, Cycle Parking, Metro & Taxi

Northumberland Park

North Tyneside

NE27 0SJ

Bus, Cycle Parking & Metro

Fellgate

South Tyneside

NE32 4QA

Metro

East Boldon

South Tyneside

NE36 0JZ

Cycle Parking & Metro

Stadium of Light

Sunderland

SR5 1JB

Cycle Parking & Metro




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Open Data

The Tyne & Wear UTMC officially launched it's Open Data Service at the Integrated Transport and Weather Information Pilot (ITWIP) event at Sunderland Software City on Friday 28th February 2014.

The key principle of open data is to increase transparency and the sharing of information we hold with the wider community.

Our service provides third party developers with access to a number of datasets sourced from the Tyne and Wear Urban Traffic Management Control (UTMC) system. Developers are then able to build useful applications using the data we have now made freely available.

Data that has been released includes travel and transport related datasets through the provision of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). The initial datasets made public include:

  • Air quality data
  • Car Parks
  • CCTV
  • Journey Times
  • SCOOT
  • Traffic – Accident
  • Traffic – Event
  • Traffic – Incident
  • Traffic – Roadwork
  • Weather station data

To get more information & access please visit www.netraveldata.co.uk.

The Tyne & Wear Urban Traffic Management Control (UTMC) & the Open Data Service is provided by Newcastle City Council on behalf of the North East Combined Authority.



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