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
Major Travel Disruptions during the last 5 Days
The following incidents caused delays for travellers on the regions roads in the last five days.
There were heavy delays across Tyne & Wear due main due to a large number of commuters leaving extra time for anticipated disruption to travel due to snow. This led to a heavier AM peak travel times. Snow fall across Tyne & Wear was light.
A690 Barnes Park Roundabout RTC involving a pedestrian and a vehicle, at the junction with Barnes Park Road, access blocked on this slip & delays in area.
2 vehicle collision on A167(M) Central Motorway in Newcastle Northbound just after Newbridge Street blocked lane 2. Incident started 17:00-18:20. Heavy delays across A167 Tyne Bridge & Gateshead Highway, Newbridge Street to Byker Bridge, across the city centre, A184 Askew Road & Felling Bypass past Gateshead Stadium.
Delays on Stamfordham Road at Cowgate Roundabout works begin and 2 lanes on approach eastbound are closed. Queues back to Springwell Roundabout.
Heavy delays after a 2 vehicle RTC around 08:00hrs closed off the Northbound carriageway at the northern side of the Blaydon flyover tail backs were observed as far back as Coal House roundabout.
Collision on A19 at A690 Durham road junction in Sunderland northbound caused large delays. Incident started 17:10-21:00 approx.
A broken down vehicle in lane 1 of A1 Southbound prior to J67 Coalhouse Roundabout in Team Valley, Gateshead caused delays. Time started 17:30-20:00.
A broken down HGV on A1 Southbound entry slip from J71 Metrocentre with air-locked brakes caused heavy delays. Incident started 17:30-19:50 approx.
A19 / A1290 at Downhill Lane junction traffic lights were switched off for works at around 08:30 causing some delays.
Forth Banks & Forth Street in Newcastle City Centre were blocked due to a lorry strike at the railway bridge outside the police station. Heavy delays from 12:00-12:42.
There was a collision on A1058 Coast Road at Battle Hill westbound just after A19 Silverlink near the Self-Storage unit. Incident started 16:30-18:30 causing heavy delays.
Heavy congestion on A193 Shields Road / High Street Wallsend / Tynemouth Road, A191 Front Street, A188 Benton Road & Coach Lane due to traffic avoiding roadworks on A1058 Coast Road during PM peak.
Delays to A194(M) Northbound between A195 & A184 White Mare Pool caused by a collision closing one lane from 18:23-19:30.
There were delays in both directions due to a collision on A1 between A1068 & A697 in Causey Park, Northumberland from 18:20-20:00.
Winter Driving Advice
- Lights are clean and working
- Battery is fully charged
- Windscreen, wiper blades and other windows are clean and the washer bottle filled with screenwash
- Tyre condition, tread depth and pressure (of all the tyres, including the spare)
- Brakes are working well
- Fluids are kept topped up, especially windscreen wash (to the correct concentration to prevent it freezing), anti-freeze and oil.
- Tow rope
- A shovel
- Wellington boots
- A hazard warning triangle
- De-icing equipment
- First aid kit (in good order)
- A working torch
- A car blanket
- Warm clothes
- Emergency Rations (inc hot drink in a flask – non-alcoholic, of course)
- Mobile Phone (fully charged)
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?
- 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.
- Keep your fuel tank near to full to ensure that you do not run out.
- Make sure you have a fully charged mobile phone, so you can call for help or alert someone if you’re delayed – it could be a long walk to a phone, if you don’t have a mobile phone.
- 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 heater is blowing warm air before setting off – it will keep your windscreen clear.)
Driving In Snow Or Icey Conditions
- Reduce your speed. The chances of skidding are much greater and your stopping distance will increase massively.
- 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.
- Avoid harsh braking and acceleration, or sharp steering.
- Always reduce your speed smoothly and in plenty of time on slippery surfaces.
- Slow down in plenty of time before bends and corners.
- 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.
- To brake on ice and snow without locking your wheels, get into a low gear earlier than normal, allow your speed to fall and use your brakes gently.
- 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.
- In snow, stop frequently to clean the windows, wheel arches, lights and number plates.
- Visibility will probably be reduced, so use dipped headlights.
- Don't leave your vehicle
- Call your breakdown service or the emergency services and let help come to you.
- Don't run the engine to keep warm
A167 Cowgate Roundabout Re-configuration, Newcastle
Major roadworks to improve Cowgate Roundabout will start on Monday 19 January.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
Scotswood Road Works, Newcastle (from 20th Jan)
Scotswood Roadworks will be in place 20th Jan for around one month to allow for works relating to installation of drainage pipes in this area. Works will be around the Volkswagon Building.
The works are starting in the eastbound slow lane working south across Scotswood Rd (eastbound fast, central reserve, westbound fast, westbound slow). The restrictions will be required in each lane for 3-4 days at a time, and due to the nature of the works, will be in place 24 hours a day.
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.
- 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
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.
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:
Updated traffic signalling at the A19 junction with the A690 Durham Road - works carried out by Sunderland City Council
Updated traffic signalling the A19 junction with the A183 Chester Road - works carried out by Sunderland City Council
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
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
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 Roundabout, Gateshead
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.
When complete, these works will help relieve peak time traffic congestion to and from the Team Valley and reduce accident risk.
- 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
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.
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 email@example.com
Further info may be found at http://www.highways.gov.uk/A1CoalHouseMetroCentre
The A1 J70 Dunston NB Exit Slip in Gateshead will be closed on Mon-Fri night 26-30/01/15 20:00-06:00 to allow for traffic loop installations. Diversion via J71 Metrocentre.
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.
Four Lane Ends
Cycle Parking & Metro
Stadium of Light
Parking & Metro
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.
- Air quality data
- Car Parks
- Journey Times
- Traffic – Accident
- Traffic – Event
- Traffic – Incident
- Traffic – Roadwork
- Weather station data