News

Major disruptions in the last five days

Wednesday 26th Of August 2015

A1 Western Bypass Northbound, at approx 17:45hrs lane two was closed near the offslip for Jct 77 Westerhope after a two vehicle RTC causing delays of over 20mins to traffic from A696 Airport.

A1 Western Bypass Southbound, at about 16:40hrs traffic began to queue back from junction 78 Fawdon and North of junction 79 Gosforth Great Park due to a two vehicle collision closing one lane. 

A189 Redheugh Bridge Gateshead, delays to Southbound traffic 14:45hrs after a van shed its load which collided with another vehicle causing injury and delays whilst Paramedics and Police dealt with situation.

B1318 Great North Road near the Blue House Roundabout Northbound approx 14:30hrs after a two vehicle collision causing delays on Jesmond Dene Road and Northbound towards Gosforth. 



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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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Travel Events

ROAD CLOSURE A19 NB (A183-A1290)

Night-time Road Closure: A19 Northbound between A183 Chester Road & A1290 Downhill Lane. Essential road works start 02-11/09/15 20:00-06:00. Diversion via A183, A182, A1231.

ROAD CLOSURE A19 / A191 Holystone NB Entry & SB Exit Slip

Night-time Road Closure: A19 / A191 Holystone northbound entry slip & southbound exit slip roads. Maintenance work starts 01-09/09/15 20:00-06:00.

LANE CLOSURE A167 SB (Cowgate-Cowhill), Newcastle

Lane Closure: A167 southbound-only in Newcastle from Cowgate to Cowhill junctions. Routine maintenance work start 06/09/15 04:00-11:45.

ROAD CLOSURE A167(M) SB (Cowhill-Tyne Bridge), Newcastle

Road Closure: A167(M) Central Motorway in Newcastle southbound-only between Cowhill & Tyne Bridge. Routine maintenance work starts Sun 06/09/15 04:00-11:45. Signed diversion in place.

TRAIN DISRUPTION Metro (Haymarket - Regent Ctr & Four Lane Ends)

No Metro trains between Haymarket - Regent Centre & Four Lane Ends. Vegetation clearance work starts 06/09/15 07:15-19:00. Replacement bus No.900 operates Haymarket - Regent Centre - Four Lane Ends, No.901 operates Haymarket - Regent Centre.

TRAIN DISRUPTION Metro (Sunderland - S.Hylton)

No Metro trains between Sunderland & South Hylton. Track maintenance work starts 06/09/15 until 11:30 approx. Replacement bus No.902 will operate.




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Morrisons Great North Run 2015


The Morrisons Great North Run takes place on Sunday the 13th September 2015 for the 35th time and is regarded as the worlds most popular half marathon, with over 56,000 accepted entrants from over 122,000 applicants in 2013.The run attracts world class elite athletes with runners from over 40 countries taking part.

The event also sees tens of thousands of amateur runners choosing to raise money for charity through their efforts over the 13.1 mile course. 

The race starts on the A167M Central Motorway in Newcastle between Claremont and Grandstand Road and the immediately heads towards the iconic Tyne Bridge. From there the course crosses into Gateshead and then turning Eastward toward South Tyneside before finishing on the Coast in South Shields.
 
The start assembly area is over 1km in length so please allow plenty of time to arrive at your starting zone. Your run number has been allocated according to your predicted running time, you can identify what zone you are starting in by the colour on the front of your run number, and also the letter.

  • 08:00hrs - Information point opens @Newcastle Town Moor, & baggage buses along Claremont Rd
  • 09:15hrs - Start assembly area opens
  • 10:05hrs - Baggage buses depart for the finish Area in South Tyneside
  • 10:10hrs - Elite wheelchair race starts
  • 10:15hrs - Elite women start and main Morrisons Great North Run warm up
  • 10:30hrs - Assembly area closes
  • 10:40hrs - Elite men and Morrisons Great North Run starts
The Finish Area

There are four finishing area systems side by side at the South Shields site and marshals will guide you in. Regardless of which funnel you use your time will be automatically worked out for you by the chip system. Although it may seem very tempting to stop please keep moving as you cross the line and try not to forget that there will still be thousands of runners behind you so please Keep moving through the finish into the chip return area when you can break the plastic ties on your running shoe then hand it to the chip collection team.

Road Closures

To enable the safe running of the race the following road closures will be put in place
 
Saturday the 12th

17:00hrs until Sunday the 13th @ 17:00hrs - A167 from Cowgate Roundabout to the B1318 Junction
 
Sunday the 13th

08:45hrs - 17:00hrs - A167(M) Central Motorway including Tyne Bridge & B1318 to A184 Park Lane.

09:00hrs - 17:00hrs - A184 Felling By-Pass to Whitemare Pool Roundabout and A194 Leam Lane

09:45hrs - 16:00hrs - A194 Leam Lane from Whitemare Pool to A1300 John Reid Road Roundabout

09:45hrs - 16:00hrs - A1300 Prince Edward Rd Roundabout to A183 Redwell Ln/Coast Rd A183 Rbt

09:00hrs - 17:00hrs - A183 Redwell Ln/Coast Rd Roundabout to Roundabout with Sea Rd & Mowbray Rd

02:45hrs - 17:00hrs - Bents Park Road in South Shields

Diversion routes will be fully signposted, but some disruption is inevitable. Drivers are advised to take alternative routes wherever possible.

The Tyne Bridge and the Gateshead Highway are expected to re-open by 14:00hrs providing links to routes via the A184 Askew Road and Consett Route to the A1 and South via the A167 to Low Fell and Eighton Lodge.

A North-South route from Sunderland Road (B1426) to Shields Road (A195) across Heworth Roundabout will be opened as soon as the last runners have cleared the Junction. Before 17:00hrs, the remainder of the A184 route between Gateshead and the White Mare Pool (A194 - A194(M) Interchange will re-open, once the route has been cleaned and all event infrastructure has been removed.

Morrisons Great North 5k - Saturday 12 September

Starting at 08:50hrs just East of the iconic Tyne Bridge on the Newcastle Quayside. 

The Route swings right past the Guildhall,under the High Level Bridge and then back onto the Swing Bridge where it enters Gateshead turning right onto Pipewellgate running alongside the river before turning back towards the Tyne Bridge just before the half way point. The route then heads back down Pipewellgate then across into Hillgate, passing under the Tyne Bridge and under The Sage Gateshead along South Shore Road cutting across Baltic Square and over the Gateshead Millennium Bridge. Enjoy these last few hundred metres of your run as the finish is shortly after re-joining the Newcastle side of the river near to Wesley Square.

Timetable

  • 08:30hrs - Great North 5k assembly opens

  • 08:40hrs - Great North 5k warm up

  • 08:50hrs - Orange wave starts

  • 08:55hrs - White wave starts

  • 09:00hrs - Green wave starts

  • 09:30hrs - Great North Run Pasta Party opens

  • 10:00hrs - Mini Great North Run starts

  • 12:50hrs -  Junior Great North Run starts

*All times are subject to change in the lead up to the event

Great North City Games

In addition to the Junior & Mini Great North Run, the 12th September will see the hosting of the Great North City Games. The City Games is bringing athletes to the streets of Newcastle Gateshead Quayside. 
The 25,000 strong crowd will have another opportunity to experience a thrilling afternoon of live athletics, and free to spectate.

Now entering its seventh year, the Great North CityGames has become an established highlight in an action-packed sporting weekend for the region.

To build the track, South Shore Rd and South Shore Rd car park will be closed from 06:00hrs Tuesday the 1st of September until 23:59hrs on Sunday the 6th of September.
 
Access will still be permitted to Baltic Quays resident’s car park throughout the build.


Great North Run Pasta Party

An exciting and free to attend sports exhibition and Pasta Party will take place on Mill Road Car Park on Saturday the 12th of September. Pedestrian access will be permitted throughout the quayside but temporary diversions will be in place during certain periods of the build.During this event there will be a need to close certain roads these are outlined below.

Saturday the 12th - 09:30hrs - 17:30hrs 

Quayside Rd 

Sandhill

Swing Bridge

Bottle Bank (access to Hilton Hotel only) 

Pipewellgate

Hillgate 

Bottle Bank will be closed to general traffic and buses. Access to the Hilton Hotel and Curzon Place will be via Oakwellgate, Cannon Street, Church Street and Bridge Street.

The Swing Bridge, whilst closed to vehicular traffic will remain open to pedestrians at all times. The Gateshead MillenniumBridge will remain open during the event.


Morrisons Junior & Mini Great North Run

Starts on Saturday the 12th of September which takes place on a superb course straight after the Morrisons Great North 5k. Youngsters aged from 3 to 8 can take part in a 1.5km event while those aged from 9 to 16 can participate in a 4km run. All runners will be chip timed and finishers will receive an event T-shirt with
their race pack as well as that all important finisher’s medal.

Saturday The 12th - 06:00hrs - 19:00hrs

As always the Quayside will be closed for the event with the following road closures:

Quayside Walk – from Swing Bridge to Mariners Wharf;

Watergate – from Sandhill to Quayside

Quayside – from City Road to Sandhill

Side – from Queen Street to Quayside

Sandhill – from Quayside to Close.

Close – from Sandhill to West side of the roundabout under the High Level Bridge

Swing Bridge - will be closed fully.

In addition to the closures the following restrictions will need to be suspended
 
No Right Turn restriction from Quayside to Sandgate at the Milk Market Junction.

No Left Turn restriction from Sandgate to Quayside at the Milk Market Junction.

No Entry Except Buses restriction from Dean Street on to the Side.

No Entry restriction from the Side on to Queen Street and the No Motor Vehicles, except for access and permit holders restriction from Queen Street, on to the Side.


Getting There
There is no public parking at the start of the run, therefore public transport represents one of the best options.
Newcastle is well served by main line rail, however please check arrival times to ensure that you will be there for the start of the race if travelling to the region on race day.

Public Transport

Stagecoach North East will be operating a continuous shuttle service from 06:30hrs - 08:30hrs from the temporary car park on the grassed area in South Tyneside South of the finishing point to the start of the race.
The local Metro system has Park and Ride facilities at the following sites around the region, including: Callerton Parkway, Bank Foot, Regent Centre, Four Lane Ends, Northumberland Park and the Stadium of Light for full details please see follow this link, Nexus

The nearest Metro station to the start of the run is the Haymarket and the route to the start point will be well sign posted for pedestrians.

Special bus services for spectators and competitors are available on the day of the Bupa Great North Run.

Go North East or Stagecoach buses will run between 06:15hrs and 10:30hrs from Bents Park Road in South Shields to Newcastle Haymarket which is five minutes’ walk from the start line.

The Go North East service R1 and Stagecoach service 553. Bents Park Road is next to a number of the seafront car parks and within easy walking distance of town centre car parks within South Shields. If you are using the temporary car parking south of the finish line on the grassed area of the Leas, you can use the shuttle buses that run from the Coast Road alongside the Leas back into Newcastle.

For spectators, the R1 Go North East service runs from Newcastle Haymarket bus station to the race finish at South Shields every 10 minutes between 07:00hrs and 12:00hrs.

From Heworth and Gateshead interchanges Go North East service 27 runs frequently to South Shields.
After the race Go North East R1 and Stagecoach service 553 will run from Bents Park,which is five minutes walk from the finish line, to Newcastle Haymarket bus station between 13:00hrs and 17:00hrs.
Additional buses will also run on Go North East service X27 from South Shields Town Centre.

Tickets and Fares

Metro travel wristbands can be bought in advance from Metro Travel Shops, or tickets can be purchased on the day. A Metro Day Saver (return) from ticket machines located at every station costs TBC (please note that many ticket machines may only accept coins).

Bus tickets can be bought on the bus and from on street agents located near the bus stops. Some tickets can be bought in advance of the Morrisons Great North Run day, see below for details.

Go North East Buses

You can buy a Great North Run M-Ticket, giving you unlimited travel for a day or the weekend on all our bus services across the region. You can also buy our wristbands in advance for single journeys on the R1 or for all day travel via http://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/gonortheast?_trksid=p2047675.l2559 
Single journey on R1 buses from South Shields - £3.50 per person
Great North Run M-Ticket or wristband day ticket - £6 per person, per day
Great North Run Weekend M-Ticket - £11 per person and valid from Friday 11 until Sunday 13 September 2015

Family Day Ticket - £12.50 from the driver or via the M-Ticket app (up to two adults and three children under 16, with a minimum of one adult and one child)

Stagecoach Buses

Extra express Services 552  from near the finish line to South Shields Town Centre and across to South Shields Ferry Landing for just £1.30 per single journey and 553 the main direct express link to Newcastle City Centre, with journeys taking only 30 minutes for just £3.50 per single journey or 1 day Dayrider @£3.90 anywhere in Tyne and Wear.

Please note that tickets issued for the Metro train system are not valid on the bus services and that prices may vary from one bus operator to another. Bus tickets are not transferable between operators. Only the Network One Rover Ticket packages are accepted by all operators.

Coach

Alternately there is a bus service provided NIRVANA Europe which runs coaches on the day from:

Carlisle - Rose Hill Car Park, CA1 2RW

Doncaster - New Market Street car park, DN1 1QZ 

Edinburgh - Newcraig Hall Car Park, EH21 8RX

Leeds - King Lane Car Park, LS17 7AG

York - York Racecourse, YO23 1EX

Cost: £49.00 per person (return service)
The coach and run service picks up the runners or spectators up on the day of the run and returns them the same day coaches will depart from each location at approximately 05:30hrs and return at 15:30hrs. Coaches will drive directly to the start line where the runners will get off, and will continue to the finish where any spectators will also alight. For more information follow look at the NIRVANA Website

National Rail Services

Newcastle has direct rail links with London, the Midlands and Scotland via the East Coast mainline as well as local stations. You may be able to travel to the event on the Sunday morning however it is recommended you check with National Rail or service provider’s to ensure your journey is not affected by weekend engineering works. Some operators will provide earlier services to ensure you are at the start line on time. For more information visit the Website



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A186 West Road - Westgate Road - Brighton Grove – Resurfacing Works


Carriageway resurfacing and patching works will be taking place along sections of the West Road, Westgate Road and Brighton Grove and are planned to start on Sunday the 19th of July 2015 and Monday 24th August 2015 to coincide with the schools summer break and will involve the planning out of the existing wearing course and replaced with a new running surface.

There will be a series of  advance warning signs will be erected at various locations throughout the site, confirming dates as to when the works are expected to take place.  

Residents and businesses directly affected by the works will receive further notification giving precise dates from our road surfacing contractor, Rainton Construction Ltd.

In order to allow the works to be completed in a safe and efficient manner there will be temporary traffic lights, which will be manually controlled by traffic management operatives who have been instructed to give all blue light vehicles a “Green” whenever it is safe to do so.  

Normal access will be available prior to the start and following the finish of each working day.  In order to complete the scheme as quickly as possible, works will also be carried out at times on Saturdays, Sundays and weekday evenings.


Provisional Programme Of Resurfacing Works

Sunday 19th July through to Thursday 23rd July - Denton Roundabout - remove existing road surface and resurfacing works

Friday 24th of July and Saturday 25th of July - Denton Roundabout to Crematorium - road patching works.
Sunday the 26th July - Entrance to Crematorium - remove existing road surface and resurfacing works.

Monday 27th July & Tuesday 28th July - Gretna Road to Pease Avenue/Two Ball Lonnen Roundabout - road patching works.

Wednesday 29th July through to Friday 31st July - Pease Avenue/Two Ball Lonnen Roundabout to Denhill Park - road patching works.

Sunday 2nd August - Pease Avenue/Two Ball Lonnen Roundabout - resurface roundabout.

Sunday 2nd August - From outside No.107 West Road to Condercum Road - remove existing road surface.

Monday 3rd August to Friday 7th August - From outside No.107 West Road to Westfield Club - remove existing road surface and resurfacing.
Sunday 9th August - Wingrove Road Roundabout - remove existing road surface and resurfacing works.

Monday 10th August to Friday 14th - Westfield Club to Dunholme Road - remove existing road surface and resurfacing works.

Sunday 15th August - Brighton Grove - remove part of existing road surface and resurfacing works.
Monday 16th August through to Wednesday 18th - Dunholme Road to Lynnwood Terrace - remove existing road surface and resurfacing works.

Thursday 19th August and Friday 20th - Brighton Grove - remove part of existing road surface and resurfacing works.
Sunday 22nd August and Monday 23rd - Brighton Grove - remove part of existing road surface and resurfacing works.


Working Hours

Weekday working hours - 09:30hrs - 15:30hrs
Saturday working hours - 08:00hrs - 18:00hrs
Sunday working hours - 09:00hrs - 18:00hrs
Twilight working hours - 18:00hrs to midnight

Please be aware that after the removal of the existing surface the temporary running surface will be uneven until the new surface is laid and caution will be needed in the presence of working machinery.

While every effort will be made to minimise the impact of these works, there will inevitably be some delays, noise and disruption, and for that Newcastle City Council apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused by these necessary repair works.



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Gateshead District Energy Scheme Overnight Lane Closures


Work is to commence on the  construction of a £14m energy centre and heat network in Gateshead.

The new district heating scheme will provide heat and low-cost, low-carbon energy for homes and businesses in central Gateshead and Gateshead Quayside.

Powered by a 2 MW combined heat and power gas engine initially, the energy centre will generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 5,000 homes, and has the capacity to be expanded to 6 MW, as the scheme grows. The electricity will be supplied directly to customers by its own dedicated cables, or “private wire”.Both heat and power will be delivered from the energy centre in Quarryfield Road, via the dedicated network stretching over 3km from the south bank of the Tyne into central Gateshead. The first heat and power will be produced in 2016.

The project is being led by Gateshead Council as part of its efforts to retain existing and attract new business to the area, reduce emissions and cut energy bills. 
 
Gateshead Council is commissioning the work for the district heating pipework, fibre optic, gas and electrical cabling to Clancy Docwra and also plan to dig routes for the utility services from Quarryfield Road, Albany Road, the Felling By Pass and St James Road.

The works are due to commence nightly between 19:30hrs - 06:30hrs the following mornings starting on Monday the 27th of July 2015 and are anticipated to last 52 weeks, disruption will be minimised through careful planning and short lengths of open excavation being open at any one time.

Works will start on the A167 between the Gateshead Highway flyover and High Street at the A184 Askew Road and Quaysgate junction consisting of the closure of two lanes overnight for six weeks.

For an example of the system follow this link "Heating"



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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



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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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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



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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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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.



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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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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



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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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