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Old September 13th, 2017, 09:18 PM   #2961
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Otherwise you'll get the usual queueing way before the merge and drivers rushing down the empty lane expecting to barge in at the merge, which is a bad use of road space and is something that everyone hates.
The drivers you so disparagingly describe as “rushing down” and “expecting to barge in” are actually the drivers driving correctly and following the Highway Code, you do realise that?
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The drivers you so disparagingly describe as “rushing down” and “expecting to barge in” are actually the drivers driving correctly and following the Highway Code, you do realise that?
Correct, absolutely, and I don't disagree. I'm suggesting a way of avoiding typical queuing behaviour where everyone divers across to the lane that stays open half a mile before the merge, which slows traffic down, and further down the road where there is the usual battle between someone aggressively hammering up the outside lane, trying to force themselves in at the very second and someone who is equally aggressive at not letting anyone in at any cost, which also holds everyone else up.

Give drivers a sense of equal priority, than conflict, then you're more likely to bring out their more courteous side than them acting like a proper tea towel holder.
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Correct, absolutely, and I don't disagree. I'm suggesting a way of avoiding typical queuing behaviour where everyone divers across to the lane that stays open half a mile before the merge, which slows traffic down, and further down the road where there is the usual battle between someone aggressively hammering up the outside lane, trying to force themselves in at the very second and someone who is equally aggressive at not letting anyone in at any cost, which also holds everyone else up.

Give drivers a sense of equal priority, than conflict, then you're more likely to bring out their more courteous side than them acting like a proper tea towel holder.
Idiot drivers lining up in the slow lane for a mile when they should be using both lanes and then merging in turn like a zipper (as stated in the Highway Code) are the issue.

The real answer would be for the police to monitor the merge point at busy times and prosecute the idiots who refuse to allow the right lane to merge in turn with inconsiderate driving.

The fine and subsequent increase in insurance premiums would be the perfect lesson for them.

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Silverlink Roundabout - 11th September 2017

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Old September 14th, 2017, 09:11 PM   #2965
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Roadworks are now under way on both sides of Barras Bridge.
NCC have said there is to be 'temporary' paving whilst they evaluate the changes. Not convinced why they have to do this. The existing two crossings are poorly laid out so changes are needed. I thought they could have perhaps had a junction similar to Oxford Circus where there is also a diagonal crossing. The two crossings proposed maybe should be synchronised to maximise timings for pedestrians and vehicles.
PS I'm not sure if the crossing on Percy Street is also to get the same treatment.

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Old September 16th, 2017, 08:36 PM   #2966
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Barras Bridge, Newcastle roadworks - pictures 16/09/17

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Old September 19th, 2017, 01:15 PM   #2967
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Why is the traffic so bad around Newcastle's Haymarket? All you need to know about £10m work

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Why is the traffic so bad around Newcastle's Haymarket? All you need to know about £10m work
Laura Hill 19 September 2017


Percy Street and St Mary's Place Roadworks (Image: newcastle chronicle)

Commuters travelling into the city via Haymarket have faced long delays as work on one major changes to the city’s roads get under way.

Which roads are affected? The roads around Haymarket are affected including Barras Bridge which goes past the civic centre towards Northumbria University , the Great North Road, St Mary’s Place and Percy Street down towards the bus station. Although all of the routes will remain open throughout the roadworks Newcastle City Council has warned that there could be delays during peak travel times.

What changes are going to be made? Footpaths in the area are being widened and the number of lanes from Barras Bridge will be reduced from three to two. The pedestrian crossing will be made narrower so that the traffic lights won’t take as long to change back to green and traffic will be kept flowing.

Why are they being made? The aim is to tackle congestion and improve air quality in the city centre . Another key aim is to improve the area for those on foot, who make up a significant proportion of people in this part of the city as it is close to the universities, the Metro and bus stations as well as shops and workplaces.

How long will the road works be there?
The roadworks are set to finish in November, however the initial work is being done with a temporary material. This is so that the council can test how effective the new layout is and, if necessary, change it before any permanent decisions are made. This approach, to trial the changes and determine success or what alterations are needed before making any changes permanent, is similar to the approach used when Northumberland Street was changed back in the 1980s.

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Old September 20th, 2017, 03:42 PM   #2968
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£2million of footpath spending supports new highways plan

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Old September 20th, 2017, 07:30 PM   #2969
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Bus lane snares almost 2,000 drivers in just two months as fines skyrocket

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Bus lane snares almost 2,000 drivers in just two months as fines skyrocket
By Christopher Knight 20 September 2017


Bus lane in Fowler Street South Shields, showing signage and cameras (Image: newcastle chronicle)

Thousands of drivers have been hit by bus lane fines after a council admitted it moved monitoring cameras.

The camera on Fowler Street, South Shields, has snared 1,942 drivers between April and June this year as South Tyneside Council’s income from bus lanes rocketed from £8,505 in 2015 to £81,245 in the first six months of 2017 alone.

South Tyneside Council first introduced in South Shields on Fowler Street, Sunderland Road and Westoe Road back in 2014, while another was installed on Edinburgh Road a year later.

Driver Mark Purves is one of almost 2,000 motorists to have been snapped in Fowler Street’s bus lane between April and June of this year alone. The dad-of-two was stunned when the fine landed on his doorstep, having completely forgotten about his journey on the afternoon of May 22. Mark, 38, said: “I didn’t even really realise at the time I had actually done it. I came out one of the side streets (Albermarle Street), and the camera sign is where the camera actually is - there’s no pre-warning. It is not very well signposted, it does not give drivers a second chance. That section is only like 20 yards, it’s tiny. It does not make any sense and it’s bizarre why the camera is there.”

A council spokesperson said: “The bus lane on Fowler Street is clearly signed and complies with the requisite Department for Transport regulations, as do all the other bus lanes in the borough. Video cameras automatically record incidents of people illegally driving in a bus lane and their vehicle registration plate. Vehicle owners have the right to appeal if they feel the ticket has been wrongly issued. Details on how to do so can be found on the reverse of the Penalty Charge Notice. Ideally, we would not have to issue any fines, however using a bus lane is illegal and unsafe and we would encourage motorists to observe the restrictions to avoid receiving a penalty.”

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Old September 20th, 2017, 09:12 PM   #2970
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From today's Chronicle Live, copyright NCJMedia Ltd @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...arket-13641674
Why is the traffic so bad around Newcastle's Haymarket? All you need to know about £10m work
Laura Hill 19 September 2017


Percy Street and St Mary's Place Roadworks (Image: newcastle chronicle)

Commuters travelling into the city via Haymarket have faced long delays as work on one major changes to the city’s roads get under way.

Which roads are affected? The roads around Haymarket are affected including Barras Bridge which goes past the civic centre towards Northumbria University , the Great North Road, St Mary’s Place and Percy Street down towards the bus station. Although all of the routes will remain open throughout the roadworks Newcastle City Council has warned that there could be delays during peak travel times.

What changes are going to be made? Footpaths in the area are being widened and the number of lanes from Barras Bridge will be reduced from three to two. The pedestrian crossing will be made narrower so that the traffic lights won’t take as long to change back to green and traffic will be kept flowing.

Why are they being made? The aim is to tackle congestion and improve air quality in the city centre . Another key aim is to improve the area for those on foot, who make up a significant proportion of people in this part of the city as it is close to the universities, the Metro and bus stations as well as shops and workplaces.

How long will the road works be there?
The roadworks are set to finish in November, however the initial work is being done with a temporary material. This is so that the council can test how effective the new layout is and, if necessary, change it before any permanent decisions are made. This approach, to trial the changes and determine success or what alterations are needed before making any changes permanent, is similar to the approach used when Northumberland Street was changed back in the 1980s.

Read more @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...arket-13641674
Why is the traffic so bad around the Haymarket? It isn't usually but will be once the council has finished with it.
The temporary built out extensions is the council's favourite material of choice - black tarmac
This morning pedestrians were crossing over to the University and nearly being run over so it's again a badly managed project.
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Old September 21st, 2017, 05:26 PM   #2971
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Silverlink Roundabout - 20th September 2017

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Old September 25th, 2017, 02:06 PM   #2972
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Revealed: The Newcastle city centre bus lane cameras which haven't issued a single fine

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Revealed: The Newcastle city centre bus lane cameras which haven't issued a single fine
Laura Hill 25 September 2017


Bus lane camera Clayton Street West (Image: newcastle chronicle)

Some city centre bus cameras have yet to issue a single fine more than a year after they were installed.

Bus lane cameras on Westgate Road, Clayton Street West and Neville Street, in front of Central Station, were installed by Newcastle City Council in February 2016, however some 18 months on no fines have been issued.

There was a huge backlash to the cameras after they were put in place, with motorists complaining it was “disgraceful” to make it more difficult for people to drive to the station.

The cameras were switched on in May 2016 however the council has said they have only been used for monitoring, and no letters or fines have been issued to motorists who drive through the bus lanes. A Newcastle City Council spokesperson said: “We placed cameras last year on the bus lanes on Westgate Road, Clayton Street West and at the front of Central Station at Neville Street, which is one of the city’s busiest areas for public transport. They are not issuing penalty charge notices as we are continuing to monitor traffic flows and volumes in this part of the city following recent changes to the surrounding road network. Bus lanes are not there to generate income for the council but to help us better manage the roads network and promote public transport. They are part of a broad approach to make it easier and safer to get around our city. They improve the journey time reliability of public transport and also help to improve our air quality and public health.”

Lib Dem Councillor Greg Stone said that the bus lane cameras cost tens of thousands to install. He said: “Many people in the city have been frustrated at the council’s reorganisation of the road system around the Central Station, Castle, and cathedrals. It has caused misery for station users and the Lib Dem Opposition has previously expressed concern that the reorganisation has been designed to entrap and exploit the unwary. Since the installation of these bus lane cameras, at a cost of tens of thousands of pounds, no fines have been issued. It seems plausible that the council has had to back down on this after their administration of the John Dobson Street scheme was challenged. The failure to enforce these cameras suggests that the council is no longer confident that it can defend them at a traffic tribunal. Bus lanes have an important role to play in the city but it is important that the public has confidence that they are managed fairly and transparently by the council.”

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Old September 26th, 2017, 10:35 AM   #2973
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Holystone roadworks - prepare for overnight lane closures as work steps up at the roundabout

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Roadworks on the Holystone roundabout (Image: Newcastle Chronicle)

A vital commuter network in North Tyneside is being improved under a major scheme.

The project involving the Holystone roundabout and Cobalt business park began in November last year and work is well under way on site.Now a series of overnight lane closures are set to take place over the coming weeks and drivers who use the area regularly are being warned to expect delays.

Here, we give a rundown of the scheme so far and look at the next stage of work.

What is this scheme all about? The £5.1m programme aims to improve the A19/A191 Holystone roundabout, the A191 and the northern entrance to the Cobalt Business Park. It is being carried out by North Tyneside Council, in partnership with Capita.

What work has taken place so far?
Road widening has been taking place around the Holystone roundabout and an additional westbound lane has been constructed on the A191 between Holyfields and Holystone. Meanwhile, a £650,000 scheme to improve facilities for pedestrians and cyclists around the Cobalt Business Park was completed in August.

When is the whole project due to finish? That would be early 2018.

Is the work on schedule? Yes, we are told it is all on schedule.

Read more and see video @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...-what-12466240
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Old September 28th, 2017, 12:22 PM   #2974
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The crossing between the University and St Thomas' is largely complete except the new pedestrian green lights which weren't working so causing much confusion. There is still a mid point refuge as part of this 'temporary' scheme.
Further work continues on the crossing further North outside Quilliams.
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Really poor management as ever from NCC as I expected.
The temporary lights at Claremont Road and Barras Bridge were stuck on red ( and might still be). Lots of vehicles including buses going through the red light to clear the absolute gridlock.
It took twenty minutes to get from the top of JDS to get through the lights onto Claremont Road. Shambolic
Of course no one about from NCC as it's POETS day.
The stepped part of the crossing on the University side doesn't work. It's prevents buses pulling into the stop just past there. This means the outside lane is blocked. Witnessed a car trying to mount the pavement to try to get past.
What should have happened is there should be a rolling programme of doing each element in turn. Finish off one crossing first before moving onto the next one to minimise disruption. No wonder more and more people I speak to simply avoid the city centre. There's plenty of out of town places to go to. Rant over.
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or dualled.
Or do you want a duel?

I don't disagree at all, but if we're to make stratgeic decisions, they won't be based on "I've been along the A69 this week". I gues that maybe you were driving when you were on the A69 this week, and were frustrated by the inability to drive faster.
If you were on a train, bus or as a passenger in a car, you might have had quite a different impression of the journey. Its a matter of fact that private car drivers will always want more empty space in front of them.
That's just how it is to be a car driver, not constrained by a printed timetable clipped to the side of your cabin.
So to make strategic decisions, we should base them on numbers of travellers, numbers of freight vehicles, number of goods consignments, number of agricultural journeys, numbers of infrastructure maintanance events.
Sadly (in my view), we tend to base decisions on factors which include and prioitise accident numbers. I say 'sadly', because accident numbers are fuelled not by the thoughput on the route, but by that frustration of drivers who will always want more of that empty space in front of them - no matter how much road surface is provided.

Maybe the A69 should be dualled, maybe the A1 should be dualled. Maybe we should have more rail and bus infrastructure and services. Maybe car drivers (including myself) should become more willing to accept the flow of other road users and be grateful that we have roads and cars.
Sounds terribly defeatist.
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Really poor management as ever from NCC as I expected.

The stepped part of the crossing on the University side doesn't work. It's prevents buses pulling into the stop just past there. This means the outside lane is blocked. Witnessed a car trying to mount the pavement to try to get past.

What should have happened is there should be a rolling programme of doing each element in turn. Finish off one crossing first before moving onto the next one to minimise disruption. No wonder more and more people I speak to simply avoid the city centre. There's plenty of out of town places to go to. Rant over.
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I hope the tarmac build out is temporary, because it looks hideous with it's utilitarian "that 'll do, is it half four yet" tarmac, and no doubt serve to generate congestion for the sake of making the width of road to cross about 3 metres shorter!
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