Enchanted Parks @ Saltwell Park, Gateshead
Enchanted Parks is a magical after-dark arts adventure taking place in Saltwell Park with visual arts, performance, installation and interactive works in an event for the whole family.
This ticketed event takes place from Weds 11/12/13 to Sun 15/12/13 opening at 16:30 and closing at 21:30.
There are regular bus services from both Newcastle City Centre and Gateshead Interchange to Saltwell View, Durham Road and Saltwell Road South.
You can also easily walk to Saltwell Park - pedestrian signage will be located from A167 Durham Rd to the event.
More info on the details of the event and tickets can be found at http://www.newcastlegateshead.com/winter-festival-2013/enchanted-parks/information.
Overnight Road Closures and Disruptions Dec 2013
There will be lane widening works with lane closures north and southbound, at the Moor Farm Roundabout section of the A19. This includes installation of new sliproad, ahead of the opening of a A&E facility at Cramlington Emergency Care hospital. Works will begin from 27/8/13 to 21/12/13, 24 hrs from 08:00-16:00 and 20:00-06:00. Reduced road capacity along this route, and therefore peak time delays possible.
A194 (M) between the A1 junction 65 & the A184 Whitemare pool roundabout Gateshead.
There will be nearside (lane one) closures on the A194(M) between the A1 junction 65 & the A184 at Whitemare pool roundabout Gateshead between 2000 hrs & 0600 hrs from 25/11/2013 to 05/12/2013 for investigation works.
A1 Northbound MetroCentre Access Rd
The access road heading Northbound from the A1 to the MetroCentre will involve a lane closure on lane 1 to allow for overhead sign repairs. Works will take place overnight on 04/12/13 between 22:00 & 06:00.
A1 North Brunton Interchange
The A1 Northbound at North Brunton interchange will be closed on 06/12/13 overnight between 20:00 & 06:00 to allow for carriageway repairs. A signed diversion will be in place. Expect delays to your journey.
A1058 Coast Road Newcastle between Newton Road & Red Hall Drive
There will be overnight closures of slip roads on the A1058 Coast Road Newcastle between Newton Road & Red Hall Drive junctions between 2100 hrs & 0500 hrs for inspection works from 02/12/2013 to 13/12/1013
The following slip roads will be affected
For help planning your journey call 0191 20 20 747 or use the Journey Planner at http://www.nexus.org.uk.
Minor & Other Disruptions
South Shore Road, Hillgate Gateshead.
South Shore Road & Hillgate Gateshead will be closed form 2330 hrs on 31/12/2013 to 0100 hrs on 01/01/2014 for New Year celebration fireworks displays.
LANE CLOSURE B1426 Lobley Hill Road between Norwood Road & Kingsway North.
Temporary lane closures B1426 Lobley Hill Road between Norwood Road & Kingsway North for tree fellng work. Local delays likely.
TEMPORARY SIGNAL B1426 Lobley Hill Road Gateshead between Queensway North & Ascot Crescent
Temporary traffic signals B1426 Lobley Hill Road Gateshead between Queensway North & Ascot Crescent ( near the railway bridge) for water main cleansing and relining works, local delays likely.
ROAD CLOSURE B1344 Harbour Drive, S.Shields
Temporary road closure on the B1344 Harbour Drive in S.Shields between the Little Haven Hotel & Pier Parade from 11/12/13 to 14/12/13 all day. Highway works is being carried out by South Tyneside Council. Delays are expected.
TEMPORARY SIGNAL B1318 Gosforth High Street, Church Road junction Gosforth.
Temporary traffic signals B1318 Gosforth High Street, Church Road Gosforth for gas supply works for an indefinite period. Delays likely. NB works suspended until FEB 2014 .
TEMPORARY SIGNAL A183 Ocean Rd (Anderson St junction), S.Shields
Temporary traffic signals on A183 Ocean Rd, S.Shields at the Anderson St junction from 25/11/13 to 13/12/13 All Day to allow for carriageway improvement works. Local delays expected.
Winter Road Maintenance
Winter Road Maintenance
Details of gritting and snow clearing plans for the five Tyne & Wear councils can be found at the following addresses:
Winter Driving Advice
Sometimes conditions can be extreme, as we have found out over the last two winters in particular, with prolonged periods of heavy snow and floods.
Different weather conditions create different hazards throughout the Winter and in different areas of the country at different times. A single journey may take us into very different weather, road and traffic conditions, so we need to be prepared for each one. This means that we need to adapt the way we drive to the conditions.
It’s a good idea to have your vehicle fully serviced before winter starts and have the anti-freeze tested. If you can’t have it serviced, then do your own checks. In particular, check:
Windscreen, wiper blades and other windows are clean and the washer bottle filled with screen wash
Fluids are kept topped up, especially windscreen wash (to the correct concentration to prevent it freezing), anti-freeze and oil.
When extreme weather is possible, keep an emergency kit in your car, especially if you’re going on a long journey. If this seems unnecessary, take a moment to imagine yourself stranded in your car overnight, due to a snow storm or floods. How would you stay warm? What would you eat and drink? If you must drive in these conditions, we recommend that you carry:
PREPARE YOUR JOURNEY
If conditions are very bad, and the emergency services are recommending that people don’t travel, then avoid making your journey unless it is absolutely necessary. Can you postpone your trip? Can you travel by other means, or avoid the need for the journey completely by using the phone or email?
If you decide you really must travel:
let someone know where you are going and what time you hope to arrive, so that they can raise the alarm if you get into difficulties.
Plan alternative routes in case your main choice(s) becomes impassable.
If you don’t have an emergency kit in your vehicle, at least take extra warm clothes, boots and a torch. Consider keeping a couple of long-life energy bars in the glove box.
Clear your windows and mirrors completely of snow and ice before you set off (make sure the
Only travel at a speed at which you can stop within the distance you can see to be clear. Speed limits are the maximum in ideal conditions; in difficult conditions, they can often be too fast.
Braking on an icy or snow covered bend is extremely dangerous. The centrifugal force will continue to pull you outwards and the wheels will not grip very well. This could cause your vehicle to spin.
Increase the gap between you and the vehicle in front. You may need up to TEN TIMES the normal distance for braking.
Keep your vehicle well-ventilated. The car heater turned up full can quickly make you drowsy.
During wintry weather, road surfaces are often wet and/or covered in frost and ice or snow. But this does not occur uniformly. A road will often have isolated patches of frost or ice after most of the road has thawed – this commonly occurs under bridges.
If You Get Stuck In Snow
If you get stuck in snow, revving your engine to try to power out of the rut will just make the rut worse. Instead, move your vehicle slowly backwards and forwards out of the rut using the highest gear you can.
Dont Leave Your Vehicle
Call your breakdown service or the emergency services and let help come to you.failing that if you do manage to get rescued so to speak inform the Police to the location of your vehicle as not to waste Police time.