Major disruptions in the last five days
Tuesday June 30th
A broken down HGV on the A1231 onslip to the A1 caused a road closure which resulted in delays onto the A1 from this route. This incident occurred 15:00- ~16:30.
Wednesday July 1st
Delays of ~30mins to trains out of Newcastle due to lightning strikes on trackside equipment.
Stamfordham Road at Silver Lonnen jct, heavy surface water causing delays. Cleared ~17.30
Ponteland Road at Springfield Road, lane 1 blocked due to flooding. Passable with delays. Cleared ~17.30
The A1 also experienced surface water problems at Gosforth Park and Stannington. Cleared by 18:00.
A Broken down bin lorry on the A1231 caused heavy delays with tailbacks of ~1mile long around 4pm. This was cleared around 17.40.
On the A167 northbound there are severe delays reported up to 45min due to heavy volume of traffic. This is due to people delaying their journey home to avoid incidents.
Whickham Bank at Blaydon Rugby Club, was flooded and impassable.
Morpeth, roads outside St George's hospital were flooded & impassable toward Town Centre.
Fenham Hall Drive junction Moorside South, was flooded & impassable.
Market Lane, Swalwell, was impassable due to manhole cover coming loose & flooding.
Gateshead Great North 10k Sunday 5th
There will be a 10k running event in Gateshead on the 5/07/15 with road closures in place 5am-3pm.
The race is the Great North 10k, more info on which can be found here: http://www.greatrun.org/great-north-10k
Road closures in place are:
South Shore Road,
Tyne Main Road,
Sunday travellers advised of delays in Gateshead.
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 Sunderland International Airshow 2015
The Airshow organised by Sunderland Live on behalf of Sunderland City Council, is now in its 27th year and regularly attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators to the citys coastline at Roker and Seaburn.
Starting with its traditional spectacular launch party at Cliffe Park on the evening of Friday 24th of July, this year’s event is held over the weekend of Saturday the 25th and Sunday the 26th of July.
The action packed flying programme features front line jets, vintage aircraft, two parachute display teams and aerobatic teams and starts on Friday the 24th of July.
This year’s event will needless impress everyone attending and starts with the iconic Red Arrows aerial display team who have appeared at dozens of airshows and events across the world every year, the team first appeared at the Sunderland International Airshow in 1992.
On The Ground
With exciting activities and entertainment on the ground as well as all the action in the sky, there'll be something for everyone at Seaburn and Roker with something to excite and entertain the whole family.
In The Air
FRG4 Typhoon Eurofighter 29 Squadron
Grob Tutor T1 16 Squadron
Boeing Chinook Display Team 27 Squadron (SAT/SUN)
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Avro Lancaster B1
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Submarine Spitfire
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Hawker Hurricane IIc
Westland Sea King HU5 (SAT/SUN)
Westland Sea King HU4 (SAT/SUN)
Tigers Freefall Parachute Display Team (SAT/SUN)
Classic Jets and Cold War Era Types
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15UTI Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron (SAT/SUN)
North American OV-10B Bronco (F) Bronco Demo Team (SAT/SUN)
Hawker Hunter T7 x 2 Midair Squadron (SAT/SUN)
Warbirds WW2 Era
Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk (Hanger 11) (SAT/SUN)
North American P-51D Mustang (Ferious Frankie) (SAT/SUN)
The Blades - Extra 300LP x4
Patrouille Reva – Rutan Vari-Ez x 3
Xtreme Air XA41 ( Gerald Cooper)
The extra Metro trains will be running on both days between Sunderland and Newcastle City Centres and Seaburn station. The seafront is only a ten minute walk from Seaburn station. Extra staff will be on duty to provide passengers with assistance.
Bus operators Stagecoach and Go North East will be operating special Airshow services. Further information on these can be found at http://www.stagecoachbus.com and http://www.simplygo.com
Wallsend Festival Road Closures
The Wallsend Festival is organised by Wallsend Festival Partnership group with the support of North Tyneside Council Events Team, the event will take place in Wallsend Town Centre and Wallsend Green and Parks. between 1000 hrs & 1700 hrs on Saturday 4th and 1000 hrs & 1800 on Sunday 5th July 2015.
The following road & car park closures will be in place.
High Street East between Park Road and Station Road.
The following road & car park closures will be in place.
Atkinson Street at its junction to Frank Street and High Street West.
From Friday 3 July 5pm through to 9.00pm on Saturday 4 July the Coronation Street Car Park will be closed.
Shiremoor Treat Pageants.
The Shiremoor Treat will take place between 03,07,2015 & Monday 6,07,2015.
The event will include pageants on 4,07,2015 in the area which will entail the use of rolling road blocks as follows.
New York Pageant, Brookland Terrace, Murton Lane, New York Road & Park Lane at 11.am
West Allotment Pageant, North Terrace, Turner Street, Benton Road, New York Road & Park Lane, starting at 11.00am
Backworth Pageant, Station Road & the New Shiremoor by pass, starting at 11.15am
Shiremoor Pageant, Brenkley Avenue, Park Lane & Earsdon Road, starting at 11.15am
The alternative routes are as follows:
New York Pageant, Brookland Terrace, Norham Road and New York Road and vice versa.
West Allotment Pageant, Silverlink Business Park, New York Road and Vice Versa
Backworth Pageant, Station Road, the New Shiremoor By-Pass and Vice Versa
Shiremoor Pageant, Park Lane and Vice Versa
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
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.
A19 Middle Engine Lane Bridge Refurbishment Works
How do average speed cameras work?
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.
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.
For more information on speed awareness, enforcement etc. follow this link
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-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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Further info may be found at http://www.highways.gov.uk/A1CoalHouseMetroCentre
A1 Improvements: Closures & Works At Coalhouse Roundabout
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
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