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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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Major Travel Disruptions during the last 5 Days


The following incidents caused delays for travellers on the regions roads in the last five days.

28/01/15

There were heavy delays across Tyne & Wear due main due to a large number of commuters leaving extra time for anticipated disruption to travel due to snow. This led to a heavier AM peak travel times. Snow fall across Tyne & Wear was light.


27/01/15

A690 Barnes Park Roundabout RTC involving a pedestrian and a vehicle, at the junction with Barnes Park Road, access blocked on this slip & delays in area.

2 vehicle collision on A167(M) Central Motorway in Newcastle Northbound just after Newbridge Street blocked lane 2. Incident started 17:00-18:20. Heavy delays across A167 Tyne Bridge & Gateshead Highway, Newbridge Street to Byker Bridge, across the city centre, A184 Askew Road & Felling Bypass past Gateshead Stadium.


26/01/15

Delays on Stamfordham Road at Cowgate Roundabout works begin and 2 lanes on approach eastbound are closed. Queues back to Springwell Roundabout.

Heavy delays after a 2 vehicle RTC around 08:00hrs closed off the Northbound carriageway at the northern side of the Blaydon flyover tail backs were observed as far back as Coal House roundabout.

Collision on A19 at A690 Durham road junction in Sunderland northbound caused large delays. Incident started 17:10-21:00 approx.

A broken down vehicle in lane 1 of A1 Southbound prior to J67 Coalhouse Roundabout in Team Valley, Gateshead caused delays. Time started 17:30-20:00.

A broken down HGV on A1 Southbound entry slip from J71 Metrocentre with air-locked brakes caused heavy delays. Incident started 17:30-19:50 approx.



 
22/01/15

A19 / A1290 at Downhill Lane junction traffic lights were switched off for works at around 08:30 causing some delays.

Forth Banks & Forth Street in Newcastle City Centre were blocked due to a lorry strike at the railway bridge outside the police station. Heavy delays from 12:00-12:42.


21/01/15

There was a collision on A1058 Coast Road at Battle Hill westbound just after A19 Silverlink near the Self-Storage unit. Incident started 16:30-18:30 causing heavy delays.

Heavy congestion on A193 Shields Road / High Street Wallsend / Tynemouth Road, A191 Front Street, A188 Benton Road & Coach Lane due to traffic avoiding roadworks on A1058 Coast Road during PM peak.

Delays to A194(M) Northbound between A195 & A184 White Mare Pool caused by a collision closing one lane from 18:23-19:30.

There were delays in both directions due to a collision on A1 between A1068 & A697 in Causey Park, Northumberland from 18:20-20:00.




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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 screenwash 

  • 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

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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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 Roundabout, Gateshead


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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      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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      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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