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Old March 14th, 2017, 11:46 AM   #2701
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Silverlink Roundabout - 13th March 2017

These photographs of the works at the Silverlink Roundabout taken yesterday, 13th March 2017.

First phase of piling now completed and heavy plant removed from the development. However piling works taking place at the roadside to the north of Next.

Noticed some recording equipment, no doubt measuring work/road/traffic noise?


















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John Dobson Street, between Durant Road and New Bridge Street West

From the Newcastle City Council web site @ https://community2.newcastle.gov.uk/...urant-road-and
John Dobson Street, between Durant Road and New Bridge Street West

Road will only be closed for 2 Sundays (19th and 26th March 2017)

Location: John Dobson Street, between Durant Road and New Bridge Street West
Start Date : 19/03/17
Expected Completion Date: 26/03/17
Time of day: Day time
Type of works: Road Closures
Site Structure: Roads, highways and pavements
Contact: Trevor Smith 0191 2115295
Reason for roadworks: Painting the facia of Bewick Court
Start Date (Ordering): 19/03/17
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Old March 17th, 2017, 01:19 PM   #2703
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Major plans to upgrade busy South Shields junction in bid to slash congestion unveiled

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Major plans to upgrade busy South Shields junction in bid to slash congestion unveiled
By Chris Knight 17 March 2017


Arches junction in South Shields, connecting the A185 and A194 (Photo: Google Street View)

Major plans to upgrade a busy South Shields junction in a bid to slash congestion have been unveiled.

Proposals to improve traffic flows at the Arches A185/A194 junction include changing the Arches and Hobson Way/Elswick Way roundabouts into signalised junctions. Two right-turn lanes onto Hobson Way would be introduced on a widened A194, and a new one-way link from Hobson Way to Jarrow Road would be provided. A section of Jarrow Road between the A194 and an extended Hobson Way will also be made one-way, and proposals include new cycle and pedestrian routes.

The plans have been introduced by South Tyneside Council as part of a scheme aimed at reducing journey times in and out of the town.

Councillor Allan West, lead Member for housing and transport with South Tyneside Council, said: “We know how frustrating delays can be for motorists, particularly at rush hour. The project proposals aim to relieve the bottleneck where the A194 meets with A185, which has seen a significant increase in traffic flows since the opening of the second Tyne Tunnel. We are keen to hear people’s views. We used the same consultation process with the Lindisfarne improvements and the feedback we received was taken on board and used to finalise the proposals. I am sure the proposed improvements will be of huge benefit to those who regularly use this route. Good transport networks are key to boosting the borough’s economy and maximising employment and investment opportunities.”

Work on the junction is due to start this autumn, subject to consultation and securing Local Growth Funding (LGF), and are scheduled to last for approximately a year.

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Old March 17th, 2017, 05:27 PM   #2704
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Your Coast Road Update - Issue 34

Your Coast Road Update - Issue 34

Issue 34 March 2017

Works at Billy Mill
As work continues ahead of schedule at Billy Mill we are pleased to report that a number of milestones have now been achieved, with the newly-configured junction operating close to its original planned design:

· All resurfacing work has now been completed at the junction

· New junction road lining has been completed

· Traffic detector loops have been installed beneath the carriageways

· Full access has been restored for all traffic on Lynn Road. The bus gate and camera have been permanently removed.

· Full access to Beach Road from Regent Terrace has been restored.

Traffic signals at Billy Mill
Whilst the new Billy Mill junction is now open to all traffic, please be aware that final programming of the traffic signals needs to be completed. Once this is done, traffic flows will improve further as the signals will respond more intelligently to actual traffic flows around the clock.

Other works
There are still some minor elements of the scheme that need to be completed – but these will have little or no impact on traffic using the junction.

A programme of footpath resurfacing at Billy Mill will begin on Monday 20 March and should last for one week. While this work is done, there will be brief and temporary pedestrian and cycle diversions in place.

Nearer the end of the scheme, we may need to introduce some temporary off-peak lane closures on the eastbound carriageway of the A1058 Coast Road. This is for the completion of road lining on the approach to Billy Mill, and we will provide an update in future bulletins.

Resurfacing works at Billy Mill completed
We wish to thank residents and motorists for their patience during the recent resurfacing works: as we communicated in previous bulletins the original schedule had to be changed a number of times due to circumstances beyond our control.

Whilst we carried out the resurfacing programme we also worked to rectify a large depression in the westbound carriageway of the A1058 Coast Road.On inspection, it became clear that more work will be needed to effect a complete rectification, so we may need to introduce a one-night road closure in this area towards the end of the scheme programme. We will, of course, provide advance notice via these e-bulletins.

Improvements to Coast Road cycle route
Work is progressing well on improvements to the Coast Road cycle route, with the first stage - between Norham Road and Billy Mill on the north side of the A1058 Coast Road – due for completion in the next two weeks. Work will begin on the next phase of this scheme during week commencing 27 March; it will extend from the Newcastle city boundary as far as the A186/Station Road roundabout at Wallsend and is scheduled to take around five to seven weeks.

Pedestrians/cyclists travelling west towards Newcastle should divert at the A186 roundabout onto the footpath/cycleway on the south side of the Coast Road as far as Benfield Road/Red Hall Drive – and if travelling east, this route should be followed in reverse. Whilst work is ongoing, local residents will be unable to use the footpath/cycleway on the north side of the Coast Road (fencing will be in place to prevent access to the working area). However, the project team will work initially at either end of the work area to minimise disruption and to permit access from Wiltshire Gardens to the underpass (see 1 above) and from Home Park to the Coast Road bus stop (see 2 above) without delay.

Works on Wallsend Road Bridge – an update
Initial works on the central island at the eastern (Percy Main) end of the bridge are nearing completion. Offside lane closures on the eastbound carriageway have now been removed, with two lanes open for all traffic in this direction. A temporary offside lane closure continues in place on the westbound carriageway. Once work on the central island is finished, a contraflow will be introduced – and we will provide updates in future bulletins.
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What is going on underneath Bewick Court in Newcastle and why is John Dobson Street closed off?

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From the Newcastle City Council web site @ https://community2.newcastle.gov.uk/...urant-road-and
John Dobson Street, between Durant Road and New Bridge Street West

Road will only be closed for 2 Sundays (19th and 26th March 2017)

Location: John Dobson Street, between Durant Road and New Bridge Street West
Start Date : 19/03/17
Expected Completion Date: 26/03/17
Time of day: Day time
Type of works: Road Closures
Site Structure: Roads, highways and pavements
Contact: Trevor Smith 0191 2115295
Reason for roadworks: Painting the facia of Bewick Court
Start Date (Ordering): 19/03/17
From today's Chronicle Live, copyright NCJMedia Ltd @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...court-12764109
What is going on underneath Bewick Court in Newcastle and why is John Dobson Street closed off?
By Tony Henderson 19 March 2017


Magpie-inspired work by artist Colin Davies

It will be party time if Newcastle United hang on to their lofty Championship perch and win promotion. And a Magpie-inspired work by artist Colin Davies will chime with the celebratory mood in the city.

Colin began work in Sunday on his city centre portrayal of a pair of Magpies, titled Two For Joy. His giant “canvas” is the concrete base of the 1970 high rise Bewick Court block of flats overlooking John Dobson Street. The Magpies artwork will be also be a link to Northumberland-born Thomas Bewick , who is best known for his engravings in his book A History of British Birds. Bewick, after whom the flats tower is named, had his workshop in Newcastle.

Colin’s work will be in the style of the dazzle camouflage which was painted on to British warships to confuse enemy submarines. It will be mostly black and white but will also incorporate the blues and greens which can be seen in magpies’ tail feathers.

Bewick Court, which is the tallest building in the city centre at 253ft, is owned by Newcastle City Council, which commissioned Colin to tackle the project. He put forward three options and met local people at a drop in session in the City Library to talk about the designs before inviting them to vote in person or online for their favourite. Colin said: “The magpie not only represents a subtle reference to the work of Thomas Bewick, who is known for his engravings of birds, but is also close to the heart of many in the city through its association with Newcastle United. We were also very keen to reflect the city’s shipbuilding history by using the dazzle camouflage technique in the piece. We worked with local residents and nearby businesses to get their opinion on the design and we had a really positive response. We’re really proud to play a part in the transformation of the area and to work together with Newcastle City Council and the local community to create a new landmark in the city centre.”

The council said that the work is the finishing touch to the wider improvement scheme on John Dobson Street, which includes new segregated cycle lanes, wider pavements, better crossing points and intelligent traffic signals, which work in sync to keep traffic moving. It secured funding for the John Dobson Street project from the Department for Transport’s Cycle City Ambition Fund.

Read more @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...court-12764109

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Work at triple decker roundabout is praised

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Work at triple decker roundabout is praised
David Sedgwick 20 March 2017


Left to right: Steve Marshall, Wayne Metcalfe (both from Sisk Lagan); Chris Cassidy, from designers WSP; Sandie Forte Gill, from Highways England; and Sarah, Kellerman of ICE.

A senior engineering official has viewed first hand the complex work creating the region’s first triple decker roundabout.

The £75million Highways England scheme will see a triple decker roundabout created at Silverlink, with the A19 running under the junction. Once complete, it is hoped the new-look junction will help reduce congestion and improve the journey time for the thousands of commuters who use it every day.

Highways England and its contractors Sisk Lagan are supporting the Institution of Civil Engineers’ public awareness campaign by displaying a large ‘This is Civil Engineering’ banner at the site. The banners help increase public perception of civil engineering projects and how they will benefit the community.

Highways England’s regional programme leader Brian Williams said: “We are pleased to be supporting this campaign at our A19 Coast Road scheme which requires some complex engineering solutions to lower the A19 below the two existing levels of the roundabout and the A1058 Coast Road. The first phase of piling work has now come to an end and work has started to install the drainage. We will soon be starting work on some of the new structures.”

Highways England and its contractors Sisk Lagan are supporting the Institution of Civil Engineers’ public awareness campaign by displaying a large ‘This is Civil Engineering’ banner at the site. When the new underpass is created, around 100,000 cubic metres and10,000 wagon movements of recycled earthwork will be moved. Sarah said: “The triple-decker roundabout is an excellent example of the innovative solutions that civil engineers develop to improve and create infrastructure. We are delighted that Highways England and Sisk Lagan are displaying a ‘This is Civil Engineering’ banner to highlight the work of civil engineers.”

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Old March 21st, 2017, 12:00 AM   #2707
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"Once complete, it is hoped the new-look junction will help reduce congestion and improve the journey time"

I 'hope' they're not spending £75M on 'hope'. It 'shall guarantee' reduction in traffic. Pretty bad choice of words there.

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Morpeth Bypass Update - major works completing

From the NorthumberlandTV You Tube Channel @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dq3kCBr7nk0

Morpeth Bypass Update - major works completing

Published on 20 Mar 2017

LEARN MORE: http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/News...

Major works are now approaching completion on the brand new £30m bypass linking the A1 to south east Northumberland.

Once open, the flagship scheme is set to bring the county’s economy a near £50million windfall over the coming decades.

Forecasts suggest that over the coming years the scheme has the potential to trigger the creation of over 8,000 jobs locally, with an estimated £47million economic benefit to the county.

This week the 2.5km section of the bypass linking Whorral Bank to the A192 was completed, with engineers now working on the final parts of the scheme to link the road to the A1 to allow traffic to use it in the coming weeks.

One of the largest current road projects in the region, the ambitious scheme will also cut congestion in Morpeth and reduce travel time and costs between the A1 and South East Northumberland.

The two-year construction period has involved some state-of-the-art computer modelling techniques along with some mind-boggling statistics along its 2.4 mile length!

These include:

Moving 310,000 cubic metres of soil
Creating 9,300 metres of hedgerow
Laying down 34,000 tonnes of tarmac
Planting 36,000 trees and shrubs.


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Old March 21st, 2017, 10:38 PM   #2709
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Salters Bridge Temporary Closure

Killingworth Road will be closed on the north bound carriageway from Monday27th march. The south bound lane will remain open and traffic towards Haddricks Mill should run normally.
The closure is planned to allow the Gas Board to safely work on the gas main to be completed no later than 7th April.
The bridge into and out of the Garden Village (Salters Bridge ) wil be closed during the lane closure.

This work will give a taste of what's to come when the metro bridge here is replaced possibly this September.
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New look speed camera vans taking to the streets

One to look out for - courtesy of today's Shields Gazette @ http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/c...eets-1-8453362
New look speed camera vans taking to the streets
Sue Kirby 22nd March 2017



Northumbria Police has introduced a new look to their mobile speed camera vans.

The force said the new look bright yellow and blue design will help them stand out to drivers.

A police spokesman said: "They’ve been introduced to make them more visible to road users. "The vans are there to deter speeding and dangerous driving. "We are not trying to catch people out, we're here to keep people safe."

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Old March 23rd, 2017, 01:29 AM   #2711
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Regional ROAD NETWORK - Coast Road, Great North Road, A69, A19, Central Motorway, etc

They have been changed to make it look like a commercial van. They have been out on force in North Tyneside this week, much more than usual.
Not trying to catch drivers out? Yeah right.

For what it's worth recently I have been seeing a lot of traffic officers parked up on the side of the Coast road outside the Willis building. They aren't even on the side of the road, there is about 3 police cars and 1 road traffic car all parked up in the central reservation between the slip road and the actual Coast road.
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Watch major highways improvement projects from above

From the North Tyneside Council web site @ http://my.northtyneside.gov.uk/news/...projects-above
Watch major highways improvement projects from above
23 March 2017



North Tyneside Council has created a series of short films showing the major highways improvement projects in the borough from above using stunning aerial footage.

The films explain the work which has either been completed, is underway, or is planned to take place at Sandy Lane, Coast Road, Holystone, Four Lane Ends, Whitley Road and Front Street and North Bank of the Tyne, as well as the flood alleviation scheme being carried out in Monkseaton.

The aim is to reduce congestion, speed up journey times on public transport, make our roads safer, improve facilities for cyclists and pedestrians and support local industry and growth.

More from the North Tyneside Council You Tube Channel:

North Bank of the Tyne


Holystone



Sandy Lane


Coast Road


Whitley Road Front Street


Four Lane Ends
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Silverlink Roundabout - 23rd March 2017

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A month on from my last update, here is my latest Aerial update video of the ongoing works at the Silverlink/A19/Coast Road roundabout.

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Old March 27th, 2017, 07:37 PM   #2715
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Newcastle city centre's most prolific bus lane cameras - and the ones that don't catch anybody

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Newcastle city centre's most prolific bus lane cameras - and the ones that don't catch anybody
By Keiran Southern 27 March 2017


Top L-R: Bus Lane Camera on the Brunton Lane bridge going over the A1 and John Dobson Street. Bottom L-R: The bus lane approaching the Tyne Bridge from Swan House Roundabout and Neville Street bus lane camera.

Thousands of people have been stung by bus lane cameras in Newcastle city centre since the start of the year - despite THREE of them not snaring drivers.

A total of 8,959 penalty charges have been issued to motorists who drove through cameras on John Dobson Street in 2017. As of March 10, 5,961 drivers had coughed up the money for the fine - raising £178,830 for cash-strapped Newcastle City Council. And 2,878 fines have been issued to motorists snapped by the bus lane camera on the Tyne Bridge since the turn of the year. As of March 10, 1,836 fines had been paid - generating £55,080 in income.

There are three other bus lane cameras in Newcastle city centre, at Westgate Road, Clayton Street West and Neville Street. But these are currently only being used for monitoring purposes and anyone caught by them will NOT be issued with a fine.

A Newcastle City Council spokesperson said: “We have placed cameras 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 have been making further improvements to nearby junctions and we are currently reviewing our direction signs on the key routes around the station. Once this is all in place, we will continue to monitor movements and make a further decision with regard to the cameras.”

Despite the £233,910 raked in since the turn of the year, the authority insisted the bus lanes are not there as a cash cow. The spokesperson* added: “We would stress that the bus lanes are not there to generate income – they are there to help us manage out network efficiently. Nearly half of all our households don’t have access to a car and rely on public transport to get around so it is crucial that our city has a reliable and efficient public transport network.”

Read more and see video @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...lific-12804282


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Driving you potty? North East pothole 'backlog' will take 12 years and cost almost £660m

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Driving you potty? North East pothole 'backlog' will take 12 years and cost almost £660m
By Katie Dickinson 28 March 2017



Ridding the North East’s roads of potholes would take 12 years and cost well over half a billion pounds, a new study has revealed.

Councils in the region would need a total of £656m to clear their road maintenance backlog, even with a pothole currently filled every six minutes. The figure has come from the latest Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) survey, produced by the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA). It asked highways departments to estimate how much it would cost to bring their road networks up to scratch. It found that filling in potholes and repairing roads would cost the North East’s local authorities an average of £54.6m each.

Highway departments reported that it would take around 12 years to get roads back into a “reasonable” condition if adequate funding and resources were in place. But the average budget shortfall - the difference between the annual budget that highway departments calculate they require to keep the carriageway in reasonable order and the actual budget they receive - was £4.4m per council in the region.

Across the North East, 93,440 potholes were filled in 2016-17 - an average of one every five minutes and 38 seconds. Over the same period, councils in the region said they paid out £149,250 in compensation to road users due to poor road conditions. The average number of claims received by local authorities in England and Wales for damage to persons or vehicles due to poor road condition is 204, of which around 70% relate specifically to potholes.

According to the AIA, taking into account the lifespan of particular materials, the type of road and the level and nature of its traffic, the recommended frequency of road resurfacing is between 10 and 20 years.

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The latest on Blue House Roundabout's future as 'pressures' hold up re-design

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The latest on Blue House Roundabout's future as 'pressures' hold up re-design
Tome Eden 30 March 2017



Drivers face a wait to see new plans for Newcastle’s Blue House roundabout.

The chair of the Blue House Roundabout Working Group had expected to make a recommendation on the design to the council before the end of the year. But in the most recent meeting in March, John Dales, the independent facilitator from the national Transport Planning Society, noted: “Further modelling work on the junction had unfortunately not been completed because of work pressures in the team of consultants who do the modelling for the council.”

At the meeting, Mr Dales added that progress had been made since the previous meeting in December - but said the group was not in a position to recommend a plan for a redeveloped roundabout, while the council indicated a model might not be ready until May. Another topic of discussion hinged on forecasts for the number of vehicles using the junction in the future, with a target of reducing the predicted traffic demand by around 10% by 2031.

Back in December, a public meeting in Jesmond heard the possibility of demolishing the Blue House — which belongs to the Freemen of Newcastle and is occupied by one of the caretakers of the Town Moor. At the time, Brian Mark, of Jesmond Residents’ Association, suggested there might be “great difficulty” in getting the go-ahead for demolition, saying there is a question over listed building status. Although feedback from the working group highlighted different views on its history and purpose, the group seemed to favour keeping the Grandstand Road site*.

The next meeting of the working group is scheduled for Monday, April 24, at 6pm in the committee room of the Civic Centre.

Read more @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...uture-12817573

* My understanding is that an application to have the Blue House builkding Grade Listed is currently with Heritage England.
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Old March 30th, 2017, 09:50 PM   #2718
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Siemens are busy fitting sensors on all the traffic/pedestrian lights along gosforth high st-the great north road.This is to enable buses,emergency vehicles and taxis to have priority.I suppose these vehicles will all have some kind of transponder fitted.The taxis are only supposed to have priority at night.
Sometimes it's wall to wall buses along the north road it could well lead to impatient pedestrians taking risks.
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A month on from my last update, here is my latest Aerial update video of the ongoing works at the Silverlink/A19/Coast Road roundabout.

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Good to see the Chronicle Live using your footage - http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...-work-12823657
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Old March 31st, 2017, 04:43 PM   #2720
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Good to see the Chronicle Live using your footage - http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...-work-12823657
Hi Steve. Yeah, I saw that myself today. They contacted me a few days ago about it, but I hadn't heard anything for a while so didn't think they was going to use it.
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