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A167 Cowgate Roundabout reconfiguration, Newcastle

Works will commence in October 2014 on the A167 Cowgate roundabout Newcastle Upon Tyne which will improve traffic flow at the junction for Ponteland Road & Stamfordham Road in and out of Newcastle.

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. 

There will be public consultation meetings at the following venues,

  • KFC, Ponteland , Cowgate. 17th September between 8am & 11am
  • Aldi, McKendrick Villas Cowgate. 18th September between 10am & 1pm
  • Morrisons, Two Ball Lonnen, Cowgate. 19th September between 10am & 1pm.

For further information follow this link



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A167 Tyne Bridge / Oakwellgate Junction Improvements, Gateshead

Changes to the busy and often awkward Oakwellgate junction on the approaches to the Tyne Bridge are being carried out by Gateshead Council in a bid to ease journeys for pedestrians, cyclists and most motorists. 

The work, which commenced Monday 8 September 2014 include the removal of the tight left turn that currently allows traffic to turn off the A167 heading towards Newcastle and onto the A184 Askew Road. Instead this traffic will be directed westwards along Charles Street from the Park Lane roundabout and would continue northwards along Prince Consort Road before rejoining Askew Road.

The works are likely to take 15 weeks to complete. It is intended that two lanes of traffic will be maintained in both a north and south direction for the duration of the works.

There were long delays to Southbound Traffic on the A167 from Newcastle over the Tyne Bridge on the first morning of the works, primarily created by signs displayed on Tyne bridge which gave a misleading message to motorists. This has now been rectified and the arrangement of signs, cones and road studs is now set out to encourage motorists to use the maximum available carriageway capacity.

See the new layout here.


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A167 CME Digital Media Screen Installation Road Closures


The A167 Central Motorway in Newcastle will be closed or have lane restrictions in both directions at the A193 Newbridge Street roundabout night times between August & September 2014 for the installation of a new Media Screen which will be hung on a gantry over the motorway for advertising purposes on the Northerly section of the roundabout.

The works will consist of surveying and civil engineering works for the installation and testing of the gantry which the digital media screen will be mounted onto.


The works programme is outlined below:


19th/20th August 2014 20:00hrs to 06:00hrs for surveys, inspections, structure & rebar scanning

Diversion route, up and over the A193 Newbridge Street roundabout to rejoin the central motorway


26th / 27th August 2014 20:00hrs to 06:00hrs for the removal of coping units, Diamond drilling and the installation of anchors.

Diversion route, up and over the A193 Newbridge Street roundabout to rejoin the central motorway
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3rd September 2014 20:00hrs to 06:00hrs for the pulling out / testing of anchor points to retaining walls and bridge parapet/deck.

Diversion route, closure of inside lane on both North and Southbound carriageways at underpass.


16th/17th September 2014 20:00hrs to 06:00hrs for the Installation of the gantry structure, supports and the media screen.

Diversion route, closure of North and Southbound carriageways, up and over the A193 Newbridge Street roundabout to rejoin the central motorway



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

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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Major works in Sunderland and South Tyneside in 2014

Works on seven major schemes to help traffic flows are set to start in 2014 in Sunderland and South Tyneside.

The works will lay the ground for further developments following confirmation of the
Sunderland City Deal in Partnership with South Tyneside.

More than £9m has been earmarked for the infrastructure schemes to help traffic entering and exiting the A19 corridor and support economic growth.

The improvements will assist with:

  • Reducing traffic congestion and improving journey times on key routes

  • Opening up access to key employment sites within the North East Low Carbon Enterprise Zone and the Nissan plant

  • The development of a 100 hectare International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP) to the north and west of the Nissan plant as part of the recently announced Sunderland and South Tyneside City Deal.

Other planned works include improvements to Sunderland's pedestrian and cycling infrastructure.

Funding has been made available from Central Government with £5m from the Regional Growth Fund, £4.17m from the Local Pinch Point Fund, plus contributions from Sunderland City Council (£500,000).

The 2014 schemes include:

(1) A19/A690
Updated traffic signalling at the A19 junction with the A690 Durham Road - works carried out by Sunderland City Council

(2) A19/A183
Updated traffic signalling the A19 junction with the A183 Chester Road - works carried out by Sunderland City Council

(3) A19/A1231
The Highways Agency is planning works to the A19/A1231 junctions. These comprise:

Updated traffic signalling
• Widening the eastbound A1231 approach to the A19 to three lanes

(4) A19/A1290
Conversion of existing A19 junction with the A1290 to traffic signal control to improve the main north-south access route to Nissan and reduce existing queues of traffic on the A19 – works carried out by South Tyneside Council

(5) A1290/Nissan Access
Updated traffic signalling at the A1290 junction with Washington Road, improving staff and visitor access to the Nissan car manufacturing plant – works carried out by Sunderland City Council

(6) A1290/Cherry Blossom Way
Conversion of existing A1290 junction with Cherry Blossom Way to traffic signal control improving the ease and safe use of access to and from the Nissan distribution depots and other local supply chains - works carried out by Sunderland City Council

(7) Cycleways
Works improving the cycling network and connectivity between Nissan and the residential areas at Washington, Pattinson and North Sunderland. This includes off carriageway cycleways alongside the A1290, linking to Sulgrave Road roundabout and Albany Park, and Pattinson Road – works carried out by Sunderland City Council.

Works on the first phase of the A1290 cycleways have already begun.

The first road junction works on the A1290 are timetabled for an April start.

The Highways Agency is programming its works between May and November 2014.

Details of further start dates for the remaining schemes will be announced through the year.



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Closure of St Mary's Place in Newcastle


Northumbrian Water are currently working in Newcastle city centre as part of a £66 million investment programme to improve tap water quality for one million customers. From Friday 19 September, St Mary’s Place (between Barras Bridge and John Dobson Street) will be restricted to a ‘no through road’ for up to six weeks to give access to water pipes underneath the highway. Access via St Mary’s Place will still be available to buses and emergency vehicles, all other road users are asked to find an alternative route for the duration of the work. More information about the work can be found on www.themainevent-nwl.co.uk.


A1 Improvements: Coal House-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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A1 Improvements: Coalhouse Roundabout, Gateshead


A major upgrade to A1 Coalhouse Roundabout has been announced by the Highways Agency. 

Works to be carried out include:

  • New part-time traffic signals
  • Resurfacing of the A1 slip roads
  • Widening the southbound carriageway of Kingsway South between Eleventh Avenue and the roundabout
  • Widening to Lamesley Lane at the junction with the roundabout
  • Widening of the carriageway to Coalhouse roundabout in the vicinity of Chowdene Bank junction
  • Installation of new traffic signs & street lighting
  • Renewal of road markings.
Work starts on Monday 26/08/014 to Friday the 14/12/14, assuming reasonable weather conditions. All work will take place overnight, starting at 20:00 each evening until 06:00 the following morning.

When complete, these works will help relieve peak time traffic congestion to and from the Team Valley and reduce accident risk.

In order to carry out these works it will be necessary to close the A1 Northbound and Southbound entrance and exit slip roads from the A1 Western Bypass:

  • Kingsway South between Eleventh Avenue and Coalhouse Roundabout
  • Lamesley Lane near the roundabout
  • Partial closure of Coalhouse Roundabout itself 

During the time of the works diversions
will be clearly signed.  The following diversions will be in place:

    • A1 Slip Roads – Diversion to Lobley Hill or Eighton Lodge Interchanges as appropriate
    • Kingsway South – Diversion via Eastern Avenue, Saltwell Road South and Chowdene Bank
    • Lamesley Lane – Diversion via Smithy Lane and Chowdene Bank



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      Lobley Hill Road - Kingsway Roundabout Team Valley Trading Estate

      Delays are to be expected as work begins on improvements at a key junction linking the A1 Western Bypass to the Team Valley Trading Estate and Gateshead. 

      The £3.4m improvement scheme at the Maingate - Kingsway Roundabout on Lobley Hill Road is due to begin on January the 18th 2014. Lane closures will be in place for significant periods during the 30 week project and this is likely to significantly add to journey times, particularly during peak times.

      The scheme is expected to ease congestion and improve public transport links.The Lobley Hill Road improvement programme is seen as the first part of linked works, which will also see major changes on the A1 Western Bypass relieving the third most congested "A" road in the country.

      The improvements will include the introduction of traffic Signals on the roundabout, together with the creation of a Northbound bus and cycle lane on Kingsway itself and a Westbound bus lane between the roundabout and the A1 junction. In order to accommodate the new bus lane, the road will be widened rather than removing an existing lane used by all traffic.

      Many bus journeys through the Kingsway roundabout at peak times currently face several minutes of delays due to congestion in the area. This is expected to be dramatically reduced.

      The project is due for completion during September 2014 and will be followed almost immediately by the main A1 improvement works. During the works motorists are being warned that delays are inevitable with lane restrictions in place, to allow the widening and improvements.



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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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      Other & Minor Disruptions



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      Gateshead

      TEMPORARY SIGNAL Junction of Great North Road and Forsyth Road

      Temporary Signals due to road improvement works on Great North Road


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      Newcastle

      LANE CLOSURE B1318 Grt North Rd (Blue House RBT-Clayton Rd), Newcastle

      Lane closures & contraflow working on B1318 Great North Road between Blue House Roundabout & Clayton Road & Forsyth Road between Great North Road & Highbury in Newcastle. Work is night-time only from 30/06/14 - 30/09/14 between 19:30-04:30. Delays possible.

      TEMPORARY SIGNAL A191 Denton Rd between Broad Mead Way & Dorset Road Newcastle.

      Temporary traffic signals on A191 Denton Road between Broadmead Way & Dorset Road. from 08/08/14 - 06/10/14 all day for utility works. Expect delays during school term time.

      TEMPORARY SIGNAL B1600 Forth Banks, Newcastle

      Temporary traffic signals on B1600 Forth Banks in Newcastle from 11/08/14 - 16/09/14 all day. Work is to allow for utility works. Expect delays peak times.


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      South Tyneside

      ROAD CLOSURE Finchale Rd (Solway Rd-Arlington Rd), Hebburn

      Road Closure on Finchale Road between Solway Road & Arlington Road in Hebburn from Mon 16/06/14 to approx Fri 26/09/14 all day for sewer works by Northumbrian Water. Use an alternative route. Delays expected to surrounding roads.

      Sunderland

      ROAD CLOSURE High St West & Crowtree Rd, Sunderland

      Road Closure on High Street West & Crowtree Road outside the Londonderry Pub in Sunderland City Ctr from 19/05/14 to 25/12/14 for major highway improvements. Seek an alternative route, expect delays.

      TEMPORARY SIGNAL A183 St Mary's Way/Cumberland St, Sunderland

      Temporary traffic lights replace permanent traffic signals currently on A183 St Mary's Way / Cumberland St junction in Sunderland from 03/02/14 to 01/10/14. There is no Right Turn exiting the St Mary's Car Park. Delays possible.

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