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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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A695 Scotswood Bridge Eastbound Offslip Closure


Closure of the pedestrian footbridge and off slip from Gateshead (Scotswood Bridge) for the maintenance and repainting of the pedestrian footbridge crossing Scotswood Road near the ex Vickers factory.

Work will start from the 16th of February 2015 and will last for one month however it is
envisaged the works will be complete within one week (weather permitting).To minimise traffic disruption the works are to be carried out during off peak hours (09:30hrs - 15:30hrs).
The closure will apply to all vehicles which will be diverted via A695 Scotswood Road towards Newburn or B&Q (Westbound),coming around the roundabout heading back towards Newcastle.

All appropriate diversion signs and advance warning signs will be placed on the adjacent
highway network.
 



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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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Major Travel Disruptions during the last 5 Days

A167 Tyne Bridge – There have been long but inconsistent delays in both directions across the Tyne Bridge this week. This was particularly bad on Tuesday 24th for Southbound Traffic with queues extending back through the Cowgate Junction and on Thursday 26th for Northbound Traffic.

The traffic signals to the South of the Bridge at Oakwellgate (Gateshead) are well coordinated and are monitored to ensure that they continue to synchronise correctly. Improvements to how this synchronisation is achieved are already planned.

However the main cause of these delays is the sheer volume of traffic. Gateshead Council report that this junction is now running 17% over capacity.


25/02/15


A167 Southbound delays for a short time from around 8:30 due to a two vehicle RTC near the exit for the RVI and Claremont Road. Collision was cleared quickly and residuals delays were cleared by 9am.


B1318 Front Street in Seaton Burn was closed due to a serious RTC from just after 9am and a police diversion put in place while recovery and collision investigation work took place. The road re-opened at approximately 11am


A19 Southbound near the Holystone Roundabout, Lane 1 was blocked by a multi vehicle RTC which occurred shortly before 9am. Recovery of the vehicles required a full southbound closure for a very short time and the road fully reopened at approximately 9.55am. Residual delays continued for some time due to the amount of traffic.


B6324 Stamfordham Road north of the A1 at Jingling Gate was closed after a serious RTC at approximately 8:30am. The road remained closed until appoximately 11:30 for emergency services, recovery and collision investigation.


Coatsworth Road in Gateshead at its junction with the B601 Bensham Road was closed from 6.50am until just before 8am causing local delays due to an RTC involving a pedestrian. Residual delays continue for sometime after the incident was cleared.


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Closures on the A167 Gateshead & A167(M) CME


There will be overnight closures of the northbound A167 High Street approach to the Tyne Bridge Gateshead for resurfacing works between 1900 hrs 16,03,2015  & 0600 hrs on 17,03,2015 & between 1900 hrs on 17,03,2015 & 0600 hrs 18,03,2015 southbound.



The A167 North West Radial Route & the A167(M)  be closed on Sunday 22 March between 0400 hrs & 1100 hrs for maintenance works, from Cow hill over bridge to the Tyne Bridge
The southbound offside ( fast ) lane of the A167 north west Radial route will be also be closed from Cowgate roundabout to the Cow hill over bridge.

There are overnight closures of the A167 (M) CME between 2000 hrs & 0600 hrs at the Swan House roundabout underpass for concrete hydrodemolition works which are hoped to be complete by 09,03,2015.

A695 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.



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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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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


Traffic Update as of 22/01/2014

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.



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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

    A Full closure will commence on the 14th-15th February 2015 Coal House Junction 67 to Lobley Hill junction 68 North & Southbound (20:00hrs-060:0hrs)


    Temporary overnight lane restrictions will be in place on the Southern section Northbound from the 16th February 2015 until April the 30th April 2015. Please note that there is an embargo on traffic management in place from Friday the 3rd April 2015 to the Monday the 6th April 2015 for the Easter break. All overnight lane restrictions will run from 20:00hrs – 06:00hrs
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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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    Winter Driving Advice


    Driving in the winter is very different than in other times of the year. Adverse weather and longer periods of darkness (especially after the clocks go back at the end of October) makes driving more hazardous. Sometimes conditions can be extreme, as we have found out over the last two winters in particular, with prolonged periods of heavy snow and floods. 

    In very bad conditions, avoid driving completely, unless you absolutely have to make the journey and driving is the only option. 

    Different weather conditions create different hazards throughout the Winter and in different areas of the country at different times. A single journey may take us into very different weather, road and traffic conditions, so we need to be prepared for each one. This means that we need to adapt the way we drive to the conditions.


    Prepare your Vehicle

    It’s a good idea to have your vehicle fully serviced before winter starts and have the anti-freeze tested. If you can’t have it serviced, then do your own checks. In particular, check: 

    • Lights are clean and working 
    • Battery is fully charged 
    • Windscreen, wiper blades and other windows are clean and the washer bottle filled with screen wash
    • 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.

     It’s also a good idea to stock up on de-icer, windscreen wash, oil and anti-freeze at the start of Winter. 


    Emergency Kit 

    When extreme weather is possible, keep an emergency kit in your car, especially if you’re going on a long journey. If this seems unnecessary, take a moment to imagine yourself stranded in your car overnight, due to a snow storm or floods. How would you stay warm? What would you eat and drink? If you must drive in these conditions, we recommend that you carry: 

    • 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) 


    Plan your Journey
     
    Listen to local/national weather broadcasts and travel bulletins  especially for the areas you will be driving through. As conditions can change rapidly, check them regularly and be prepared to change your plans if conditions on your route worsen. 

    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? 

    Of course, what’s essential to one person may not be to another; we each have to make our own decisions according to our circumstances. But, try to be realistic about which journeys are essential and which ones could be postponed.

    If you decide you really must travel: 

    • 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
     

    If you find yourself driving in snow or on icy or snow covered roads, adapt your driving to these 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. 

    During wintry weather, road surfaces are often wet and/or covered in frost and ice or snow. But this does not occur uniformly. A road will often have isolated patches of frost or ice after most of the road has thawed – this commonly occurs under bridges. 


    If you get stuck in snow

    If you get stuck in snow, revving your engine to try to power out of the rut will just make the rut worse. Instead, move your vehicle slowly backwards and forwards out of the rut using the highest gear you can. 

    If this doesn’t work, you may have to ask a friendly passerby for a push or get your shovel out. 

    If you get caught in a snow drift

    • 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



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