Travel Disruptions from the last 5 Days


Taxi Demonstration in Newcastle City Centre caused disruption on Barras Bridge, Neville Street, Westagte Road, Percy Street, St Mary's Place & John Dobson Street. Disruption started 16:30-18:30.

Disruption on A1, A19 and major routes into Sunderland, Gateshead & Newcastle throughout the day including Metrocentre & Silverlink due to Black Friday shopping events.


A1018 Sunderland traffic began to queue on Roker Ave around 07:45hrs due to a broken-down vehicle on West Wear Street/Bedford Street junction which was recovered at approx 09:00hrs.

A184 Felling Bypass Westbound at around 07:15hrs a several vehicles collided with a exposed and damaged drain before the junction of Grange Rd. The Police closed lane and partially the Bus lane whilst the council inspects the damage and the vehicles involved were recovered.the lane is to be closed until the 27th of Nov for the repair to the drain.


A19 north and southbound at Murton, delays due to several RTC incidents in the area with a police southbound lane closure due to cleansing works persisting ~7-8.30am.

A167 Durham Road northbound, delays due road closure of Chowdene Bank due to a water leak and people diverting off the A1 from RTC incidents. Temporary signals at Chowdene Bank / Kells Lane junction of Durham Road also cauding delays from lunchtime onwards.


Newcastle held their Christmas light switch on event in the City Centre, which was scheduled to begin at 5.30pm with stage acts etc. Dean Street car park was at capacity resulting in increased city centre traffic from both the car park queues and event-goers around this time.

A two vehicle RTC at the junction of the A19 southbound slip road with the A1056 Killingworth Way occurred around 0845 hrs on 19/11/2015 which caused tail backs on the A19. The scene was cleared around 1030 hrs.

The A196 was closed for a substantial period from around 0630 hrs 19/11/2015 due to a serous RTC between Guide Post & Morpeth near Paddock Hall Farm.


B1307 Sandyford Road at around 10:11hrs a Bus collided with the traffic lights near the junction of Goldspink Lane heading Eastbound causing delays due to the need to have the junction isolated whilst repairs were carried out by regional traffic signals and clean up work and recovery of the vehicle.


Travel Events

BRIDGE CLOSED Chowdene Bank / Rail Bridge, Team Valley

Bridge & Road Closed: Chowdene Bank at the railway bridge is closed. Bridge replacement work starts 28/10/15 - 28/02/16. Expect heavy delays.

BRIDGE MAINTENANCE WORK A167(M) / ECML Rail Bridge, Newcastle

Night-time Lane Closures: A167(M) at the East Coast Main Line Rail Bridge in Newcastle. Bridge inspection works starts 29/11/2015 - 01/12/2015 21:00-06:00.

LANE CLOSURE A194 Newcastle Rd WB (Elswick Way-Jarrow Rd), Simonside

Lane Closure: A194 Newcastle Road westbound lane 1 only in Simonside between Elswick Way & Jarrow Road. Telecom utility work starts 29/11/15.

LANE CLOSURE A1018 Westoe Rd (Mowbray Rd-Horsley Hill Rd), S.Shields

Lane Closure: A1018 Westoe Road in South Shields from Mowbray Road to Horsley Hill Road. Carriageway patching work starts 29/11/15 08:00-17:00.

LANE CLOSURE A1231 Wessington Way EB / Castletown Way, Sunderland

Lane Closure: A1231 Wessington Way eastbound-only in Sunderland at Castletown Way. Bridge construction work continues 16/11/15 - 16/12/15.

LANE CLOSURE A1231 Wessington Way WB / Timber Beach Rd, Sunderland

Lane Closure: A1231 Wessington Way westbound-only in Sunderland at Timber Beach Road. Bridge construction work continues 12/09/15 - 23/12/15.

LANE CLOSURE B1522 Ryhope Rd / Mowbray Rd, Sunderland

Lane Closures: B1522 Ryhope Road at & including Mowbray Road. Traffic Signal improvement work starts 09/11/15 - 21/12/15.

OTHER INCIDENT B1309 John Dobson St, Newcastle

Lane Closures & Temporary Traffic Signals: B1309 John Dobson Street in Newcastle. Major highway improvement work & traffic signal upgrades start 03/08/15 until Spring 2016. Full info @

OTHER INCIDENT Tyne Pedestrian & Cycle Tunnels, N. & S.Tyneside

The Tyne Pedestrian and Cycle Tunnels are currently closed for refurbishment works. The re-opening date is yet to be announced. A timetabled replacement shuttle bus service will operate between 6am and 8pm every 30 mins approx. Full info @

ROAD CLOSURE A167(M) entry slip to B1318 Great North Rd, Newcastle

Night-time Road Closure: A167(M) entry slip from to B1318 Great North Road in Newcastle. Maintenance work starts 10/11/15 - 01/12/15.

ROAD CLOSURE A167(M) entry slip from A1058 Jesmond Rd, Jesmond

Night-time Road Closure: A167(M) entry slip from A1058 Jesmond Road in Jesmond, Newcastle. Maintenance work starts 10/11/15 - 01/12/15.

ROAD CLOSURE A690 Durham Rd EB (Ettrick Gr-Barnes Park), Sunderland

Road Closure: A690 Durham Road eastbound-only in Sunderland from Ettrick Grove to Barnes Park Gyratory. Gas utility work starts 29/11/15.

ROAD CLOSURE Acorn Rd + surrounding streets, Jesmond

Road Closures: Acorn Road including St Georges Terrace, Larkspur Terrace, Sanderson Road & back lanes. Highway improvement work starts 14/09/15 - 13/09/16.

ROAD CLOSURE Black Road (Coppergate Crt-Ralph St), Hebburn

Road Closure: Black Road in Hebburn between Coppergate Court & Ralph Street. Metro bridge maintenance work starts 27/07/15 - 18/12/15. Follow signed diversion.

ROAD CLOSURE Hill St (Grange Rd West-Beech St), Jarrow

Road Closure: Hill Street in Jarrow between Grange Road West & Beech Street. Metro bridge maintenance work starts 27/07/15 - 18/12/15. Follow signed diversion.

ROAD CLOSURE Mowbray Rd WB (Ryhope Rd-The Elms W.), Sunderland

Road Closure: Mowbray Road westbound-only in Sunderland from Ryhope Road to The Elms West. Highway improvement work continues 29/11/15 08:00-16:00.

ROAD CLOSURE Monksway (Bedesway-Shaftesbury Ave), Bede

Road Closure: Monksway in Bede between Bedesway & Shaftesbury Avenue. Metro bridge maintenance starts 27/07/15 - 18/12/15. Follow signed diversion.

ROAD CLOSURE Sandy Chare, Whitburn

Road Closure: Sandy Chare in Whitburn. Highway resurfacing work starts 29/11/15.

TRAIN DISRUPTION Central Station Metro

Central Station Metro night-time closures start 14/09/15 - 30/06/16 from 20:00 re-opening following morning. During refurbishment work use Monument station. Station open normally 04-11/10/15, 01/12/15, 02/01/16, 28/03/16, 02/05/16, 30/05/16.

TRAIN DISRUPTION Metro (Gateshead Stadium - Jarrow & Brockley Whins)

No Metro trains between Gateshead Stadium - Jarrow & Brockley Whins. Modernisation work starts 29/11/15 07:30-19:30. Replacement bus services will be calling at or close to all stations in the affected area. No.900 (Gateshead - Jarrow), No.901 (Gateshead - Brockley Whins).


Data Movement - NECA & Sunderland Software City App Competition

Sunderland Software City in collaboration with Urban Traffic Management & Control have launched a competition to design and build a new travel app for use by the public. 

The app must use the data published by Urban Traffic Management & Control on behalf of North East Combined Authority in their app design. This data includes CCTV camera images, environmental, traffic & congestion, car park and incident data. 

The competition can be undertake by anyone, individuals or groups. Multiple ideas can be submitted by the same group/individual. Submission deadline for applicants is 31st December 2015, with all submitted ideas available to the public to vote for from January. 

The top 3 ideas will receive £5000 to develop the app into a functional, practical app. A variety of North-East based tech and mobile software development companies will be available to aid in the development of the app. Business contacts will be made available to support applicants and aid in the commercialisation of the app. Urban Traffic Management & Control will be on hand to help explain further any questions relating to our the data sources.

The winner of the competition will be selected primarily based on the popularity of the app, and will receive an extra £2000.

Applicants can find out more about the competition and apply at

For more info and documentation on the datasets available see


A167 Cowgate Roundabout Re-configuration, Newcastle

Major roadworks to improve Cowgate Roundabout will start on Monday 19 January.

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 Autumn 2015.

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


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:


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 October 2015, 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


Major works in Sunderland & South Tyneside in 2014/15

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.


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

Further info may be found at


A1 Improvements: Closures & Works At Coalhouse Roundabout

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


    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?

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

    Can the cameras run out of film?

    , 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.


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


    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


    CCTV Video Wall

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

    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).


    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


    Post Code

    Interchange with...



    NE10 0NE

    Bus, Cycle Parking, Metro, Rail & Taxi

    Callerton Parkway


    NE13 8DF

    Cycle Parking & Metro

    Great Park


    NE13 9AA


    Kingston Park


    NE3 2SW

    Cycle Parking & Metro

    Regent Centre


    NE3 3PF

    Cycle Parking & Metro



    NE6 4NT


    Four Lane Ends

    North Tyneside

    NE7 7UJ

    Bus, Cycle Parking, Metro & Taxi

    Northumberland Park

    North Tyneside

    NE27 0SJ

    Bus, Cycle Parking & Metro


    South Tyneside

    NE32 4QA


    East Boldon

    South Tyneside

    NE36 0JZ

    Cycle Parking & Metro

    Stadium of Light


    SR5 1JB

    Cycle Parking & Metro


    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

    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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