News

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.


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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: 
Centrelink,
Pipewellgate,
Bridge Street,
Swing Bridge,
Hillgate,
South Shore Road,
Deptford Road,
South Row,
Hawks Road,
Quarryfield Road,
Saltmeadows Road,
Tyne Main Road,
Neilson 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 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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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


Royal Airforce

Red Arrows - BAE Systems Hawk T1 

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 
RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team (SAT/SUN)


Royal Navy

Black Cats AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat  x2 (SAT/SUN)

Westland Sea King HU5 (SAT/SUN)

Westland Sea King HU4 (SAT/SUN)


British Army

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)


Civilian Aircraft

The Twister Duo - The Silence SA1100 Twister

The Blades - Extra 300LP x4
 
Patrouille Reva – Rutan Vari-Ez x 3

Xtreme Air XA41 ( Gerald Cooper)


Getting There

Anyone travelling to the Airshow on public transport can obtain further details by logging on to http://www.nexus.org.uk/  or by calling Traveline on 0871 200 2233.

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

Nexus will be running park-and-ride buses from Fulwell Quarry(near Millers Inn, SR5 1JT) and Downhill Sports Complex Kingsway North, SR5 4BB) on both days of the Airshow. Parking costs TBC per car with bus travel free.

Buses run from 09:00hrs until 19:00hrs on both Saturday and Sunday, every ten minutes. Service 1 will be for the Downhill Sports Complex and service 2 for Fulwell Quarry.

The car parks will be well signposted from major routes into Sunderland and supervised throughout the day.

Sunderland Live are making travel to the region’s landmark event as hassle free as possible this year by enabling visitors to pre-book seafront parking  and receive a discounted rate of £15 per car, per day. Parking will be charged at £20 when purchased on- site over the event weekend. Pre-book your discounted parking via http://www.ticketline.co.uk/sunderland-international-airshow#tour

There will be no access to car parks after 19:00hrs.


Stay Safe

Due to the large crowds expected at the event, please ensure that you,

Attach wristbands to your children, these are available from the information points, stewards and police officers, alternatively, provide your child with your mobile phone number.

Please dress appropriately for the weather and sun factor cream could be a good idea you never know it may just stay sunny and warm.



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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.

 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 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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