4th Regiment Royal Artillery Parade - Sat 02/08/14, Sunderland

On Saturday 2 August 2014, the North East Gunners 4th Regiment Royal Artillery will be exercising the Freedom of the City of Sunderland  which gives the lads and lasses of the Regiment the privilege of marching through the streets of the city 'with bayonets fixed, bands playing, drums beating and colours flying.

The Regiment will parade at the cenotaph  near the Civic Centre at 12:00hrs and after an inspection by Sunderland's Mayor Councillor Stuart Porthouse and will then march through the City of Sunderland, accompanied by a Military Band throughout the parade route.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Freedom being granted to the Regiment, and to celebrate the anniversary a Salute of Guns will be fired in Mowbray Park by the guns of 88 and 3/29 Batteries.

For the safety of the public and the servicemen and women Burdon Road and Park Road will be closed between 11:00hrs & 16:00hrs to all vehicular traffic.


SkyRide Cycle Event 2014, Newcastle/Gateshead Quayside

The Newcastle/Gateshead Skyride Cycle Event will take place on Saturday 02/08/2014 from Newcastle Quayside and road closures will be in place form 0700 hrs until 1700 hrs.

Road Closures (Newcastle)

  • Horatio Street - between City Road and Quayside
  • Quayside - between St Lawrence Road and Sandhill
  • Quayside Walkway - between east end of Mariners Wharf Flats and the west end of Skinnerburn Road
  • Sandhill - between Close and Quayside
  • Side - between Queen Street and Quayside
  • Watergate - between Sandhill and Quayside Walkway
  • Swing Bridge - entire length
Road Closures (Gateshead)

  • Shore Side Road (Mill Road to Sage)
  • Hillgate
  • Bridge Street
  • Pipewellgate

There will also be suspension of some highway restrictions and signs will be in place.
For more details of the event please go to



Split Festival 2014, Sunderland

SUNDERLAND Split Festival has announced the headliners for the 2014 event will be Dizzee Rascal and Maximo Park and The Cribs.

The event will also move to Mowbray Park in the city centre and is being brought forward in the calendar, from its normal September time slot to the weekend of August the 9th and 10th Day tickets are £30 and weekend tickets £50.

Saturday 9th August: 12.00 - 24.00
Sunday 10th August: 11.00 - 23.00

The festival will be officially launched at the Museum and Winter Gardens today 10/04/14 with tickets going on sale at 11:30hrs

Priced £30 for a day ticket and £50 for a weekend ticket, they will be available from and

Transport Information

Public Transport

There are frequent bus services from across Tyne & Wear to Sunderland City Centre. A number of bus stops are also located close to Mowbray Park.

The nearest Metro Stations are either Sunderland or Park Lane which are approximately 5 minutes walk to Mowbray Park.

For bus and Metro service timetables please visit  

Car Parks

There are numerous car parks located in Sunderland City Centre. Zoom into Sunderland to find car parks on our map!

Heavy traffic is expected, expect considerable delays on major roads in/out of the city centre.


Soundwaves 2014, South Shields

Soundwaves 2014 will see a host of big names performing live at South Shields seafront opposite the award winning Sandhaven Beach. Hosted at Bents Park on Saturday 23/08/14, names performing include Texas, All Saints, Gabrielle & Lulu James.

Address: Bents Park, Sea Road, South Shields, NE33 2LD

The park will open to the public at approximately 16:30. Gates may open slightly later than advertised. The concert will commence at approximately 17:40.  Show may start slightly later due to last minute preparations. 

After the show has finished the park will close to the public at approximately 22:00.

Be prepared for all eventualities. Make sure you bring water and sun cream in case it is hot, for wet weather bring waterproof clothing. Dogs are not permitted at the concert with the exception of guide dogs. You are not allowed to bring alcohol or food into Sound Waves 2014.

More concert info @

Transport Information

Public Transport

There are frequent bus services from across Tyne & Wear to South Shields Town Centre. A number of bus stops are also located adjacent to Bents Park on Sea Road.

The nearest Metro Station is South Shields which is approximately a 20 minute walk to Bents Park via Beach Road.

For bus and Metro service timetables please visit  

Car Parks

There are numerous car parks located adjacent to Bents Park on South Shields seafront. There is also overspill provision on the Dragon Playing Fields. 

  • North Promenade, Sea Road, South Shields, NE33 2NL (122 spaces)
  • South Promenade, Sea Road, South Shields, NE33 3NB (150 spaces)
  • Trow Quarry Promenade, South Shields, NE33 2JH (305 spaces)


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:


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.


A1 Improvements - Metrocentre - Coal House Roundabout, Gateshead

The Highways Agency is making improvements to the A1 around Gateshead with a target start of works date of summer 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.

Public exhibitions have been held to present the proposals for the scheme and the results from the environmental assessment. A third exhibition is now planned prior to the start of works.

The latest exhibition will set out our construction plans with members of the team on hand to discuss some of the more detailed works information. This will include cross sections, detailed drawings and a computer simulation showing how the completed scheme will look from a driver’s perspective.

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.

Exhibition Dates, Times & Contact info

Highways Agency representatives will be holding exhibitions in the area to give an opportunity to find out more about the proposed scheme, & answer any questions the public has.
These will be held

Friday 18th July 10:30am-8pm, at Dunston Activity Centre, Ellison Rd, Gateshead, NE11 9SS
as well as a seperate session the day after on

Saturday 19th July 10am-4pm, at Lobley Hill Primary School, Rothbury Gardens, Lobley Hill, Gateshead, NE11 0AT.

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


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 by July 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.


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



Cycle Parking & Metro

Regent Centre



Cycle Parking & Metro





Four Lane Ends

North Tyneside


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



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
  • 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 Tyne & Wear Integrated Transport Authority.


Other & Minor Disruptions

There will be overnight lane closures on the A167 Tyne Bridge between 2000 hrs & 0600 hrs between 21/07/2014 & 28/07/2014 for the erection of "Great North Run " signs and delays may occur.

There will be temporary traffic signals in place on Downhill Lane West Boldon at the roundabouts either side of the A19 over bridge  for carriageway improvement works between 2000 hrs on 23/07/2014 & 0600 hrs on 25/07/2014. Minor delays may occur.





TEMPORARY SIGNAL Junction of Great North Road and Forsyth Road

Temporary Signals due to road improvement works on Great North Road

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 A188 Chillingham Rd / First Ave, Newcastle

Temporary traffic signals on A188 Chillingham Road at First Avenue junction near railway bridge in Newcastle from 21/07/14 - 01/08/14. Work is between 09:00-15:00 each day. Expect delays.

TEMPORARY SIGNAL A191 Denton Rd / North of Scotswood Sport Club, Newcastle

Temporary traffic signals on A191 Denton Road just north of Scotswood Sport Club from 08/08/14 - 06/10/14 all day for utility works. Expect delays during school term time.

TEMPORARY SIGNAL B1318 High St, Gosforth, Newcastle

Temporary traffic lights (5 way) on B1318 Gosforth High St, Newcastle at No.228, Salters Road, Church Rd & the car park on Sun 03/08/14. Work is to allow for utility works. Heavy delays expected.

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.


North Tyneside

SURFACE ROADWORKS A193 Spence Trc RBT, N.Shields

Resurfacing work of the A193 Spence Terrace Roundabout in North Shields on Sun 03/08/14 for 1 day. Major impact on traffic expected.

SURFACE ROADWORKS Battle Hill Drive (A1058-Kings Rd South), Wallsend

Resurfacing work of Battle Hill Drive from A1058 Coast Road Roundabout to Kings Road South in Wallsend. Work starts for 1 night and 3 days from Mon 28/07/14. Major impact on traffic expected.


South Tyneside

ROAD CLOSURE Croft Trc, Jarrow

Road Closure on Croft Terrace in Jarrow from 25/06/14 to 27/08/14 all day to allow for flood alleviation works. Minor delays possible.

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.



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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