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.
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
A186 West Road - Westgate Road - Brighton Grove – Resurfacing Works
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 2nd August - Pease Avenue/Two Ball Lonnen Roundabout - resurface roundabout.
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.
Gateshead District Energy Scheme Overnight Lane Closures
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.
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"
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.
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