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Major disruptions in the last five days

Friday 24th Of July

2 seperate broken down vehicles around 2.15-2.30 caused heavy delays to vehicles in both directions on the A1 Western Bypass, these were cleared by around 1600, with delays persisting til 1645. 

Tuesday 28th Of July

A184 Felling Bypass, lane 2 closed due to a single vehicle colliding with the central reserve barrier Westbound around 07:20hrs after joining from Whitemare Pool. Considerable delays were caused and the Police made the nearby Bus lane accessible to all traffic to help reduce further congestion.




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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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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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Gosforth High Street Works (27th July - 10th August)


Northumbrian Water will be carrying out essential water mains maintenance work as part of their The Main Event project on Gosforth High Street for 2 weeks starting 27th July. 

This involves work at the junction of High Street, Salters’ Road and Church Road in Gosforth. In order to work at this location, temporary six-way traffic lights will be in place as well as a number of temporary pedestrian crossings.

These works have been planned to take place during the school's 6 weeks holiday to minimise disruption, though delays are expected through the works area.



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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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