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Old April 13th, 2012, 06:02 PM   #221
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I love road junctions that say get in correct lane but don't tell you which lane you need to be in.

When you are given prior warning lanes like them work really well but theirs too many lanes nowhere their isn't any or enough prior warnings or lanes where you have to cross the width of abroad from one junction to a next within a distance of 10 yards which just doesn't give enough time.
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Old April 14th, 2012, 04:47 PM   #222
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Great to see that the works involve laying a proper hot rolled asphalt surface, instead of the cheap and nasty stone mastic stuff that has been used over the last decade or so, which usually becomes ridden with pot holes and cracks at the sniff of a frost.
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Old April 15th, 2012, 09:06 PM   #223
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I drove down by the coast the other day and the new road markings at Cullercoats are already fading away, so too is the markings covering the old markings which can make things tricky.
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Old May 8th, 2012, 08:53 PM   #224
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Government gives go-ahead to 'improvements' to A19/A1058 Coast Road junction:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-17991436

DfT press release:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/news/press-rel...ess-20120508a/

A reminder of the proposals:

http://www.highways.gov.uk/roads/projects/19802.aspx

and the different options (with maps):

http://www.highways.gov.uk/roads/projects/25760.aspx
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Old May 8th, 2012, 09:49 PM   #225
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Finally. Credit to Linda Arkley who has pressured throughout for this. Any idea how long it will take for work to start and work to finish?
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Old May 8th, 2012, 10:12 PM   #226
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What is being approved is 'development work':

The development work – to be carried out over the next three years – will ensure that a ‘pipeline’ of future Highways Agency major infrastructure improvements will be maintained, contributing to future economic growth, and supporting Government’s National Infrastructure Plan. By developing these now, proposals will be in a good position to be considered for delivery in the early years of the next spending review period (post 2015).

So - on closer examination, the project is not guaranteed to go ahead, but it is a very promising sign.
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Old May 9th, 2012, 01:04 PM   #227
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Government gives go-ahead to 'improvements' to A19/A1058 Coast Road junction:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-17991436

DfT press release:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/news/press-rel...ess-20120508a/

A reminder of the proposals:

http://www.highways.gov.uk/roads/projects/19802.aspx

and the different options (with maps):

http://www.highways.gov.uk/roads/projects/25760.aspx

A19 and Coast Road junction to get upgrade
by Adrian Pearson, The Journal, May 9th 2012


A19 at the junction of the A1058, near to the Silverlink

ROAD IMPROVEMENTS that could unlock thousands of new jobs have been prioritised in a £170m move, ministers have announced. Transport Minister Mike Penning has said work will start now to prepare the case for upgrades to the Coast Road’s Silverlink junction. This means that when his department is handed its next funding allocation in 2015, a share of between £110m and £170m will be handed over to highways bosses for use on the road.

The news has been welcomed by North Tyneside elected mayor Linda Arkley, who has lobbied strongly for improvements to the A19/A1058 Coast Road junction. Improvements to the busy junction have long been called for, with businesses and members of the Government-backed North East local enterprise partnership also listing it as one of the region’s critical infrastructure needs.

The plans became more urgent when the opening of the second Tyne Tunnel increased traffic in the area. The A19 – bringing traffic up to the junction – handles 38,000 vehicles per day. The A1058 from Newcastle to the coast, which goes above the A19, accommodates 52,000 vehicles per day.

Development work on the scheme will focus on designing and consulting on proposals.


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No end in sight to tailbacks for Western Bypass motorists
by Adrian Pearson, The Journal, May 9th 2012


Traffic on the A1 Western Bypass

EFFORTS to secure Western Bypass upgrade cash have met with failure after ministers snubbed one of the country’s most congested roads.

While motorists using the A19 through North Tyneside have cause to celebrate with up to £170m of road investment, those using the A1 Western Bypass in Newcastle and Gateshead face a decade more of regular rush hour gridlock.

Ministers setting out transport priorities for spending in 2015 onwards turned down pleas from Gateshead and Newcastle councils to see a £75m relief road built to ease traffic problems on the A1. Under plans put to the Department for Transport, funding would have been used to put together the business case for a new relief road from the Lobley Hill junction to the A184 on what is now Britain’s third busiest stretch of road.

Despite the 123,400 vehicles using the Western bypass every day – seeing the road operate at three times its maximum capacity – it has repeatedly failed to attract investment.


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Old May 9th, 2012, 01:45 PM   #229
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by Adrian Pearson, The Journal, May 9th 2012


The plans became more urgent when the opening of the second Tyne Tunnel increased traffic in the area. The A19 – bringing traffic up to the junction – handles 38,000 vehicles per day. The A1058 from Newcastle to the coast, which goes above the A19, accommodates 52,000 vehicles per day.

Read More - http://www.journallive.co.uk/north-e...#ixzz1uMi8VOFD
That stretch of the Coast Road is busier than the A19?? I find that hard to believe. Good about the improvements though, the tailbacks on that roundabout are appalling.
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Old May 9th, 2012, 01:45 PM   #230
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A19 and Coast Road junction to get upgrade
by Adrian Pearson, The Journal, May 9th 2012


The plans became more urgent when the opening of the second Tyne Tunnel increased traffic in the area. The A19 – bringing traffic up to the junction – handles 38,000 vehicles per day. The A1058 from Newcastle to the coast, which goes above the A19, accommodates 52,000 vehicles per day.

Read More - http://www.journallive.co.uk/north-e...#ixzz1uMi8VOFD
That stretch of the Coast Road is busier than the A19?? I find that hard to believe. Good about the improvements though, the tailbacks on that roundabout are appalling.
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Old May 9th, 2012, 04:53 PM   #231
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I don't favour upgrading the A1 with anything less than a D3 motorway (three lanes either direction) between Washington Services and Newcastle Great Park. Anything less is a waste of money and a short term solution to a long term problem.
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I would love it if they did a proper upgrade of the bypass D3,4 and even 5 near the A184 and continue D3 all the way through to Yorkshire and even just a D2 to the borders.Probably about £4billion pounds.A much better spend than £32 billion on a stupid HSR which only runs about 90 miles!
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Old May 9th, 2012, 10:43 PM   #233
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That stretch of the Coast Road is busier than the A19?? I find that hard to believe. Good about the improvements though, the tailbacks on that roundabout are appalling.
I find it easy to believe. The coast road transports people to and from Newcastle and the coast, and everywhere in-between. The A19 accommodates Norht and South, not many people make a daily commute North - South on the A19, and if they do it's probably during the two peak rush hours times, the Coast road goes all the time, people going to and from for work, people going to and from for shopping, people going to and from for appointments, people just generally using it as a fast way to get across North Tyneside.
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That stretch of the Coast Road is busier than the A19?? I find that hard to believe. Good about the improvements though, the tailbacks on that roundabout are appalling.
I find it easy to believe. The coast road transports people to and from Newcastle and the coast, and everywhere in-between. The A19 accommodates Norht and South, not many people make a daily commute North - South on the A19, and if they do it's probably during the two peak rush hours times, the Coast road goes all the time, people going to and from for work, people going to and from for shopping, people going to and from for appointments, people just generally using it as a fast way to get across North Tyneside.
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So here's the plan - upgrade the A19/Coast Road jn. Then a couple of the A19 roundabouts south of the river. Then...reroute the A1 via the Tunnel again and give us Western Gateshead types our fast local road back
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So here's the plan - upgrade the A19/Coast Road jn. Then a couple of the A19 roundabouts south of the river. Then...reroute the A1 via the Tunnel again and give us Western Gateshead types our fast local road back
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So here's the plan - upgrade the A19/Coast Road jn. Then a couple of the A19 roundabouts south of the river. Then...reroute the A1 via the Tunnel again and give us Western Gateshead types our fast local road back
Hmm. Upgrade to 4 lane each way and excavate another couple of tunnels and you might be on to something.
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So here's the plan - upgrade the A19/Coast Road jn. Then a couple of the A19 roundabouts south of the river. Then...reroute the A1 via the Tunnel again and give us Western Gateshead types our fast local road back
Hmm. Upgrade to 4 lane each way and excavate another couple of tunnels and you might be on to something.
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Old May 10th, 2012, 02:22 AM   #239
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So here's the plan - upgrade the A19/Coast Road jn. Then a couple of the A19 roundabouts south of the river. Then...reroute the A1 via the Tunnel again and give us Western Gateshead types our fast local road back
Only the Testo's roundabout South of the river needs to be upgraded (taken away), the Moorfarm, and the Seaton Burn roundabout as well as the Silverlink roundabout needs to be upgraded (taken away) North of the river. Also on both ends of the A19 it would need to have more natural means of joining on and off the current A1.
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So here's the plan - upgrade the A19/Coast Road jn. Then a couple of the A19 roundabouts south of the river. Then...reroute the A1 via the Tunnel again and give us Western Gateshead types our fast local road back
Only the Testo's roundabout South of the river needs to be upgraded (taken away), the Moorfarm, and the Seaton Burn roundabout as well as the Silverlink roundabout needs to be upgraded (taken away) North of the river. Also on both ends of the A19 it would need to have more natural means of joining on and off the current A1.
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