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Old August 1st, 2017, 04:40 PM   #2921
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Some very tenuous reasoning there
Yes, it's a totally 'tenuous' reason to build a new junction so that that traffic heading north up the A1 is able to turn onto the new bypass and thus actually avoid the town being bypassed.

And of course 10 seconds (0.2 miles at 70mph) is ample time to move into or out of the weaving lane between junctions and not unsafe at all.
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See the latest work on Killingworth Road after the Victorian-era Metro bridge is removed

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See the latest work on Killingworth Road after the Victorian-era Metro bridge is removed
Tom Eden 2 August 2017


The latest work on Killingworth Road after the Victorian-era Metro bridge is removed (Image: Newcastle Chronicle)

The Metro bridge over Killingworth Road has now been removed as part of the major month-long upgrade in Gosforth.

The Victorian-era bridge was lifted off its concrete pillars - which will soon be demolished - and the iron structure will be donated to the Stephenson Railway Museum in North Tyneside. As part of £20m modernisation programme, the bridge is to be replaced with a steel upgrade, while Killingworth Road is simultaneously widened towards the Haddricks Mill roundabout.

Huw Lewis, customer services director at Nexus, said: “We’ve made a great start to what is a big engineering challenge for Metro. This is the first time we have replaced an entire bridge on Metro’s infrastructure. The old Killingworth Road bridge has been carefully removed from its abutments and the space is now clear for the new bridge to be installed later this month. I’m grateful to the public for the patience while the line is closed. This scheme wouldn’t have been possible without closing the Metro line.”

The bridge deck was removed in the early hours of Tuesday using a specialist wheeled rig to lift the deck clear of the bridge’s abutments and then move it up Killingworth Road and into the nearby site compound. The new bridge deck will be moved into place and secured later this month.

In addition to the bridge replacement, Nexus will also undertake essential maintenance of steel work at Northumberland Park Metro station. The Metro line will be closed between South Gosforth and Four Lane Ends until August 11.

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Old August 2nd, 2017, 04:51 PM   #2923
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Killingworth Road update - bridge removal 1 August 2017

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Killingworth Road update - bridge removal 1 August 2017

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Big day on site at Killingworth Road as contractors Story carefully remove the Victorian parapet so it can be donated to the Stephenson Railway Museum. The teams work through the night to remove the 100 year old bridge.


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Old August 3rd, 2017, 11:43 AM   #2924
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Yes, it's a totally 'tenuous' reason to build a new junction so that that traffic heading north up the A1 is able to turn onto the new bypass and thus actually avoid the town being bypassed.

And of course 10 seconds (0.2 miles at 70mph) is ample time to move into or out of the weaving lane between junctions and not unsafe at all.
I apologise, tenuous was the wrong word, specious was what I meant. Were you in some way attached to the procurement of this project?
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Old August 3rd, 2017, 12:48 PM   #2925
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Were you in some way attached to the procurement of this project?
Not at all.

Do you hate the people of Morpeth and are angry that A197 traffic can bypass the town thanks to a full-access interchange allowing traffic to and from the south to access the new bypass, rather than just traffic to/from the north?

Do you work as an undertaker or tow-truck driver and are annoyed that the A1 is safer now as it means less business?

No, they are as specious as your line of reasoning that building a new junction is purely to make money - and both oppose Hanlon's razor "Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity".

Of course, the new junction isn't stupid for the basic traffic planning reasons I point out, but even assuming it is, going straight to conspiracy rather than incompetence is not logical.
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Speed cameras plan for A69 blackspots

From today's Hexham Courant @ http://www.hexham-courant.co.uk/news...6211420c04e-ds
Speed cameras plan for A69 blackspots
3 August 2017



A SPATE of tragedies on the A69 trunk road could lead to the installation of average speed cameras at notorious blackspots.

Calls for road safety improvements have been heightened in recent years, following an alarming number of fatalities along the stretch between Hexham and Haltwhistle.

Now a study by Highways England has concluded that average speed cameras could be the key to slowing down traffic and improving road safety. Cameras could go up between Hexham and Haydon Bridge; along the stretch past Bardon Mill and Henshaw; and from Greenhead to Low Row.

A Highways England spokeswoman said: “We have carried out an initial study into the need for average speed cameras along the A69, and have identified sections where they would be beneficial. Further studies will now be carried out looking specifically at these locations to see if it is feasible and look at exactly what is needed, as well as the costs associated with this.”

Local county councillor Alan Sharp said: “The findings of the study by Highways England are quite worrying, particularly along the stretch from Bardon Mill, and to the east end of the Haydon Bridge bypass. There were 11 collisions along there during the study period, which started in March, and there were 19 collisions further east, between Wharmley and Hexham. A high percentage of traffic exceeded the speed limit, and anything to control speed is worth considering.”

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Old August 4th, 2017, 01:15 PM   #2927
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Grey Street and Hood Street Roadworks - 2nd August 2017

The continuing saga of the roadworks at the junction of Grey Street and Market Street continues - photographs 2nd August 2017.








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Old August 4th, 2017, 11:16 PM   #2928
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Speed cameras plan for A69 blackspots
3 August 2017


Local county councillor Alan Sharp said: “The findings of the study by Highways England are quite worrying, particularly along the stretch from Bardon Mill, and to the east end of the Haydon Bridge bypass. There were 11 collisions along there during the study period, which started in March, and there were 19 collisions further east, between Wharmley and Hexham. A high percentage of traffic exceeded the speed limit, and anything to control speed is worth considering.”

Read more @ http://www.hexham-courant.co.uk/news...6211420c04e-ds
Quite a jump to a conclusion there, there no facts given saying the accidents concerned were caused by speeding, yet the first plan to be implemented is speed cameras...

Maybe a proper study and then fixing whatever the actual root cause is would be a more sensible procedure.
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Old August 6th, 2017, 02:59 PM   #2929
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The root cause is the due to inadequate passing places and heavy use by slow moving commercial traffic and poorly designed junctions

The solution is either more passing places, or full dualling along with improved road alignment, blind sport reduction and re-adjustment of the worst junctions.
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Old August 6th, 2017, 06:27 PM   #2930
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Quite a jump to a conclusion there, there no facts given saying the accidents concerned were caused by speeding, yet the first plan to be implemented is speed cameras...

Maybe a proper study and then fixing whatever the actual root cause is would be a more sensible procedure.
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The root cause is the due to inadequate passing places and heavy use by slow moving commercial traffic and poorly designed junctions

The solution is either more passing places, or full dualling along with improved road alignment, blind sport reduction and re-adjustment of the worst junctions.
Yes - I guess that speed might be an issue [lost a family friend who was overtaking on Greenhead bank] and if you slow traffic enough you get zero accidents, but re implementing the red flag act would do that.

As you point out it's a major E-W route which is full of slow lorries, people in hats pointing at the scenery travelling at 22mph and [a particular source of irritation to me] tractors and farm traffic with no licence plates, indicators lights etc.

It's like the A66 [and the A1n] a major route that is woefully underspec'd
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Fears Tyne Bridge could be hit with toll as council accused of dragging feet over air pollution

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Fears Tyne Bridge could be hit with toll as council accused of dragging feet over air pollution
By Laura Hill 7 August 2017


Early morning rush hour traffic on the Tyne Bridge Newcastle (Image: Newcastle Chronicle)

Commuters could be hit with a toll to cross the Tyne Bridge as part of a plan to tackle air pollution.

Defra has revealed the Tyne Bridge has one of the worst levels of air pollution in the North East and the so-called toxin tax could be levelled in a last-ditch bid to tackle the problem. Currently the most polluted roads in the region are the stretch of the A167, between the Tyne Bridge and the Swan House roundabout, stretches of the A1 past Swalwell, Whickham and Blaydon and the Coast Road near Wallsend in North Tyneside.

Last month the Government urged local authorities to reduce Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) levels by the end of next year, earmarking £225m to tackle the issue. Councils were encouraged to “develop innovative local plans” and bid for cash to implement them to avoid the need for toxin taxes.

However, Gateshead Council has questioned the Government data and so far has no plans to bid for the cash to tackle the issue leading to fears nothing will be done in time to stop a toxin tax being introduced. Anneliese Hutchinson, service director for development, transport and public protection at Gateshead Council, said: “The government’s modelling does seem rather different to the results of our own air quality sampling, so clearly we will need to examine this whole issue closely. The first step will be to carry out a feasibility study and we are working closely with adjoining authorities in discussing the next steps in progressing this work.”

Newcastle City Councillor and Liberal Democrat opposition transport spokesman Greg Stone said the region had avoided being one of the five UK cities forced to introduce a Clean Air Zone ‘by a whisker’. Coun Stone said: “We don’t want to end up having a Clean Air Zone imposed, no one is ever going to be happy about having a toxin tax, which I can see being an increasing possibility and we need to work to avoid it.”

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Old August 7th, 2017, 02:21 PM   #2932
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From today's Hexham Courant @ http://www.hexham-courant.co.uk/news...6211420c04e-ds
Speed cameras plan for A69 blackspots
3 August 2017



A SPATE of tragedies on the A69 trunk road could lead to the installation of average speed cameras at notorious blackspots.

Calls for road safety improvements have been heightened in recent years, following an alarming number of fatalities along the stretch between Hexham and Haltwhistle.

Now a study by Highways England has concluded that average speed cameras could be the key to slowing down traffic and improving road safety. Cameras could go up between Hexham and Haydon Bridge; along the stretch past Bardon Mill and Henshaw; and from Greenhead to Low Row.

A Highways England spokeswoman said: “We have carried out an initial study into the need for average speed cameras along the A69, and have identified sections where they would be beneficial. Further studies will now be carried out looking specifically at these locations to see if it is feasible and look at exactly what is needed, as well as the costs associated with this.”

Local county councillor Alan Sharp said: “The findings of the study by Highways England are quite worrying, particularly along the stretch from Bardon Mill, and to the east end of the Haydon Bridge bypass. There were 11 collisions along there during the study period, which started in March, and there were 19 collisions further east, between Wharmley and Hexham. A high percentage of traffic exceeded the speed limit, and anything to control speed is worth considering.”

Read more @ http://www.hexham-courant.co.uk/news...6211420c04e-ds
Perhaps dualling more of the A69 would help, in particular the road should be dualled from the Haltwhistle by pass to the Hexham by pass, and the notorious Greenhead- Brampton section replaced with a by pass of Low Row.
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Old August 13th, 2017, 06:21 PM   #2933
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800 drivers face fines after falling foul of new traffic camera

From the Shields Gazette @ http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/8...mera-1-8698586
800 drivers face fines after falling foul of new traffic camera
Lisa Nightingale 12 August 2017


Signs on the Scotch Estate

Council chiefs have the potential of raking in a whopping £48,000 in fines after 800 motorists fell foul of a new traffic camera on a South Tyneside road.

That is the number of drivers who - in just three weeks - ignored signs not to leave the Scotch Estate in South Shields by using the Edinburgh Road junction with Newcastle Road and were caught on camera. The move to make the exit bus only, comes as part of a multi-million pound road traffic scheme to improve the A194 at Lindisfarne Roundabout. Council chiefs say they are currently processing the paperwork no fines - £60 each - have yet been issued but the number of drivers involved has stunned local councillor Lee Hughes.

The Independent Putting People First councillor said: “This is an absolute disgrace. Right from the start of these roadworks I have let my views be known about the failures I have seen in the scheme. “A lot people used that junction to exit the estate including lorry drivers and those visiting the area. There is not enough clear signage warning drivers about the bus lane. He added: I am constantly getting messages from people worried because they have driven through, realised and reversed back up - surely this is going to cause more accidents. I’d also like to know what all this money is going to be spent on.”

One senior Labour councillor said: “This is just another way motorists in South Tyneside are being penalised. This borough has a road system which is not motorist friendly. We have traffic lights on roundabouts that cause more tailbacks than remedy problems. And now this.”

A spokeswoman for South Tyneside Council confirmed 800 drivers had been caught on camera. She said: “Our absolute priority is road safety. The Edinburgh Road exit has been closed to vehicles except buses to enhance safety. There is a history of accidents at this location and motorists are jeopardising their safety by not observing the restrictions. The restriction also ensures a smoother flow of traffic on the A194. The introduction of the bus gate has been widely publicised in local media, it is signed in accordance with the Traffic Sign Regulations and General Directions 2016 and additional temporary signs were installed for the first two weeks of the new system to further aid motorists. Ideally, we would not have to issue any fines, however exiting via Edinburgh Road is both illegal and unsafe and we would encourage motorists to observe the restrictions to avoid receiving a penalty.”

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Old August 16th, 2017, 01:36 PM   #2934
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Grey Street Roadworks - 15th August 2017

Good to see work finally underway to repair the paving on the upper part of Grey Street, an end to the patches of bitumen. Photographs taken yesterday, 15th August 2017.






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I've been talking to someone I know who is working on the Silverlink roundabout. Apparently there is no work done on the roundabout at weekends, thats day shift and evening shift. The only exception was when they were putting the beams in place.

They were also telling me about how Testo's is pretty much confirmed to start as soon as Silverlink is finished, however the most positive estimate time frame for completing that is 4 years, they actually expect it to be between 6-7 years.
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Old August 16th, 2017, 07:11 PM   #2936
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Watch as a 223-tonne load makes its way across Tyneside

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Watch as a 223-tonne load makes its way across Tyneside
By Mike Kelly 16 August 2017


Adam and Kate McHatton next to transporter (Image: Elizabeth McHatton)

Scores of people turned out to see one of the heaviest loads ever to be transported across Tyneside.

The 223-tonne transformer made the slow journey from Stella West Substation in Newcastle to Swan Hunters in Wallsend on Tuesday night. There it was to be put on a barge heading towards Ellesmere Port before continuing its journey to Oldbury in the West Midlands.

On Tuesday mum Elizabeth McHatton, 43, and her children Kate, 15, and 10-year-old Adam from Crawcrook were among the people who turned out to watch the event. “It was amazing. The kids said it was like something out of Thunderbirds. It was incredible to see the size of it and the expertise in manoeuvring it.” Elizabeth said one section of the journey between Stella Hall Drive and Haugh Lane, a distance of just 300 yards, took almost an hour to complete as it had to contend with tight turns.

Moving the transformer, which weighs the equivalent of four Challenger tanks, required four vehicles - a ‘power’ truck at front and back as well as two large ‘flat bed’ trucks on which it rested. To guide it on its way, Elizabeth said there were four drivers, one in each of the two lorries and the two flat beds, all working together.She said: “It was supposed to happen on Sunday but was re-scheduled. There was no way my kids were going to miss it and we’re so glad we came. At one stage as it turned the wheels on one side of the vehicle carrying it seemed to lift off the ground because of the weight.

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The load left the Tyne this afternoon, on board the barge TERRA MARIQUE, towed by the tug MTS INDUS.
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Silverlink Roundabout - 21st August 2017

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Plans in for £100million Testo’s roundabout scheme to ease A19 bottleneck

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Plans in for £100million Testo’s roundabout scheme to ease A19 bottleneck
Sophie Brownson 23 August 2017


What the A19 Testo's junction improvement scheme would look like.

The first official move has been made in a £100million scheme to ease one of the area’s biggest traffic bottlenecks.

A planning application from Highways England has been approved by the Secretary of State for Transport for review which would replace the existing Testo’s roundabout - between the A184 and the A19 - with an overpass and improved roundabout.

If they get the go-ahead by the planning inspectorate, the planned works will involve:
•Raising the A19 carriageway above ground on an embankment and stilts and over the existing roundabout.
•Widening the existing Testo’s roundabout to incorporate new connector roads between the junction and the A19 main line.
•Creating parallel link roads between Testo’s junction and the adjacent Downhill Lane junction to the south.
•Improvements to non-motorised user facilities through the provision of new and upgraded facilities.

A Highways England spokeswoman said: “The Planning Inspectorate has notified us of their decision to accept an application for examination for an order granting development consent for the scheme.”

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Shame they're not making it a ring road!
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Big switch for North Tyneside streetlights

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Big switch for North Tyneside streetlights
26 August 2017 By Ellie Lyall


Coun John Stirling with an SSE representative presenting one of the new LED streetlights being set up in North Tyneside.

A project replacing thousands of street lamps in North Tyneside is under way.

The big switch from traditional sodium street lamps to energy-efficient LED lights will see 7,300 units replaced across the borough in a bid to save millions of pounds, with 2,000 already replaced so far. The £1.95million upgrade is being delivered by the council in partnership with electrical contractors SSE. It will save an estimated £500,000 annually, meaning it will have paid for itself in less than five years.

It is also estimated that the scheme will generate savings of at least £7.9million over the next 17 years and will slash carbon emissions by 1,500 tonnes a year, which represents a 7 per cent reduction in the council’s carbon footprint.

Coun John Stirling, cabinet member for the environment, said: “Councils should be using modern technology in this way and I feel this is a very good example of investing to save, because in the long run, there will be considerable savings as result of this programme.”

The scheme, part of the council’s Low Carbon Plan 2016 to 2027, will be completed by June 2018. The plan builds on the recent innovations within the council’s biggest buildings, such as installing LED lighting and a combined heat and power unit.

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