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Old June 20th, 2016, 09:58 PM   #2101
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Old June 21st, 2016, 01:21 AM   #2103
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Seriously? Is that it? After all this time?
Perhaps they were being paid by the hour than for the whole job. Well, you'd think so for the time it's taken.
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I passed the Silverlink roundabout earlier. Cones are now up on at least one slip road and on the A19 in both directions south of the coast road.
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Old June 21st, 2016, 10:11 AM   #2105
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It seems that little work was done over night but looked to concentrate on the Billy Mill end with the road resurfaced.

White lines were taken off further down the road at the Tynemouth end.
Travelled down Beach Road from Billy Mill yesterday afternoon and a good stretch of the east bound lane has started to be tarmaced. I wonder if they are doing this overnight as laying machinery is still on site.

Good to see that the rumbling white lines have been removed.

I still say that one pavement would have sufficed on Beach Road, allowing the road to be extended to four lanes.
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Old June 21st, 2016, 06:14 PM   #2106
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From today's Chronicle Live, copyright NCJMedia Ltd @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...phase-11504592
Coast Road roadworks: First phase of major project to improve A1058 due to finish this weekend
21 Jun 2016 By Sonia Sharma



A major revamp of the Billy Mill roundabout in North Tyneside is due to get under way next month as the first phase of the project comes to an end this weekend.

A multimillion pound programme to improve the A1058 Coast Road is currently taking place and the first phase is almost complete. Two new lanes heading towards the coast on Beach Road are expected to be finished by this weekend. The lanes are between Billy Mill and Tynemouth Pool roundabouts.

This work was due to finish last weekend but was delayed due to rain. Now it is scheduled to be carried out overnight on Thursday and Friday.

A spokesman for North Tyneside Council said: “Last week we carried out three overnight road closures to enable resurfacing on Beach Road as part of the first phase of our £7.2m A1058 Coast Road Improvement Scheme. Dry conditions are needed for this work and unfortunately the rainfall on Friday, June 17, meant it was unable to be completed. As a result, there will be a further closure of Beach Road from 8pm on Thursday, June 23, until 6am on Friday, June 24, to allow this work to be completed. The road will be closed again from 8pm on Friday until 6am on Saturday for any remaining road markings to be added. We apologise for any disruption and appreciate the public’s patience while these works, which will improve safety and reduce congestion in the long term, are completed.”

The second phase of the scheme will involve replacing Billy Mill roundabout with traffic lights. Details are still being finalised but the work is expected to begin in July.

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Old June 21st, 2016, 07:40 PM   #2107
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I still say that one pavement would have sufficed on Beach Road, allowing the road to be extended to four lanes.
I agree, this is such a missed opportunity and will likely need to be done in a few years regardless. As it happens I don't think much widening of the road has been done and it's mostly going to be down to the removal of the central reservation lines. If that's the case then you could easily have an extra lame in there without needing to remove one of the paths, you could even turn one of them into a cycle lane.
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Old June 21st, 2016, 07:49 PM   #2108
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I agree, this is such a missed opportunity and will likely need to be done in a few years regardless. As it happens I don't think much widening of the road has been done and it's mostly going to be down to the removal of the central reservation lines. If that's the case then you could easily have an extra lame in there without needing to remove one of the paths, you could even turn one of them into a cycle lane.
I'm old enough to remember Beach Road when it had three lanes all of the way from Billy Mill to the Swimming Pool. Oddly enough there was no priority in either direction, all a matter of commons sense, I wonder what happened to that attribute!

The road has been widened on the northern side running from Billy Mill, quite a substantial amount and this has meant the lamposts have been relocated further away from the carriageway and the pavement has taken up some of the grass on that side.

With all of the barriers and fences its difficult to gauge what is actually happening but I'm sure it will all become much clearer in the coming weeks.
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Old June 22nd, 2016, 12:37 PM   #2109
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Couple of local Gosforth traffic related posts that has been published on the facebook page

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Great North Road next phase going north

There has been an informal update meeting of Parklands councillors, campaigners and officers responsible for Highways plans As a result of the consultations, officers have decided to recommend the reincorporation of a reduction in the speed limit on the Great North Road from 40 mph to 30 mph between Broadway and Brunton Lane. The traffic monitoring has shown that peak traffic levels are around 1000 vehicles and mean speeds just over 40 mph.

They have also reconsidered the closure of the slip/access road from the Polwarth Drive roundabout, and will now propose that it is kept open with physical measures to allow cyclists onto two-way tracks. This is a notable victory for local people who have campaigned so visibly for a rethink.

However, officers see no evidence to change their minds on the removal of the deceleration lane at Greystoke Park. They don't need a Traffic Regulation Order to do so, using their powers as Highways Authority. They have not been able to find any evidence of it being a planning condition, and can over-rule anyway. They point out that there are several other exit/entrances along that stretch of road without a filter lane.

There will be a public announcement shortly about the outcome of consultation, and publication of draft Traffic Regulation Orders. It is possible to object to the Appeals Sub Committee who can't over-rule but can urge thinking again, but this will delay the scheme which is predicated on improving road safety for cyclists.


Also we have an update on the Church Road and Salters Road junction -

Resurfacing works will be carried out Monday 27th June to Friday 1st July inclusive between the hours of 7pm and 5am.
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Old June 22nd, 2016, 09:56 PM   #2110
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I'm old enough to remember Beach Road when it had three lanes all of the way from Billy Mill to the Swimming Pool. Oddly enough there was no priority in either direction, all a matter of commons sense, I wonder what happened to that attribute!

The road has been widened on the northern side running from Billy Mill, quite a substantial amount and this has meant the lamposts have been relocated further away from the carriageway and the pavement has taken up some of the grass on that side.

With all of the barriers and fences its difficult to gauge what is actually happening but I'm sure it will all become much clearer in the coming weeks.
I think I can remember that. I do remember the road being very wide with one white dotted line painted down the middle. Anyone could over take on either side but you'd need to be sure there was nothing coming the other way, otherwise it was a game of chicken. There was also no island in the middle.
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Old June 23rd, 2016, 10:15 AM   #2111
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Signs have gone up next to Lindisfarne Roundabout on the A19/A194 junction warning that works start 18th July for 52 weeks.

So originally it was due to start in May, then July 4th and now July 18th. Here's hoping it starts in 2016 at this rate.
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Old June 24th, 2016, 05:41 PM   #2112
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Brakes put on Newcastle Monument traffic to make area 'pleasant' for pedestrians

Hooray - best news I've heard today, especially the changes being made in the Blackett Street, Monument and Hood Street area's - one step closer to pedestrianisation in that area.

From today's Chronicle Live, copyright NCJMedia Ltd @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...affic-11520377
Brakes put on Newcastle Monument traffic to make area 'pleasant' for pedestrians
24 Jun 2016 By Barbara Hodgson


Bus congestion on Blackett Street in Newcastle City Centre

Work is set to start in July on making the Monument area of Newcastle more pedestrian-friendly by cutting down on traffic.

The city centre plans to tackle road congestion will also see taxi ranks removed from next to The Gate in Newgate Street - a ban expected to benefit buses. Newcastle City Council says its summer scheme, due to begin late July, is all about making improvements.

And the changes around Grey’s Monument are set to make the biggest impact, with shoppers, visitors and evening revellers alike being able to enjoy the city centre with less need to traffic-dodge. This core retail area already has restricted access but the council finds that the rules are often flouted, particularly at the top of Grainger Street and Grey Street. So these are being revised, to tighten restrictions in keeping with other pedestrianised areas so that the impact of vehicles is reduced and priority is given to pedestrians. A major difference, affecting motorists, will be the closure of the western end of Hood Street to traffic and the bringing in of a bus and cycle-only restriction eastbound through Blackett Street.

Changes to taxis’ facilities next to The Gate are intended to reduce the congestion they can cause by blocking access to bus stops. All ranks will be removed from Newgate Street and relocated to Clayton Street West and Nun Street where they will be given more room. Evening taxi ranks will also be provided in Shakespeare Street to reduce the burden on Grey Street.

A spokesman for Newcastle City Council said: “We’re making changes to bring the area next to the Monument into line with other pedestrianised parts of the city centre - creating a more pleasant environment by reducing the volume of traffic and giving priority to people on foot. The main changes will be the closure of the western end of Hood Street to vehicular traffic and the installation of a bus and cycle-only restriction. As part of the scheme we also intend to revise the taxi facilities adjacent to The Gate. We’re moving taxis to give them more space on Clayton Street West and around the Grainger Market. This will improve bus reliability and we’ll be putting in better loading and parking facilities for local businesses. He added: “The work aims to improve how the city centre is accessed and improve the city offer to shoppers, visitors, workers, businesses and people enjoying the night-time economy.”

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Old June 25th, 2016, 02:47 PM   #2113
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Hooray - best news I've heard today, especially the changes being made in the Blackett Street, Monument and Hood Street area's - one step closer to pedestrianisation in that area.

From today's Chronicle Live, copyright NCJMedia Ltd @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...affic-11520377
Brakes put on Newcastle Monument traffic to make area 'pleasant' for pedestrians
24 Jun 2016 By Barbara Hodgson


Bus congestion on Blackett Street in Newcastle City Centre

Work is set to start in July on making the Monument area of Newcastle more pedestrian-friendly by cutting down on traffic.

The city centre plans to tackle road congestion will also see taxi ranks removed from next to The Gate in Newgate Street - a ban expected to benefit buses. Newcastle City Council says its summer scheme, due to begin late July, is all about making improvements.

And the changes around Grey’s Monument are set to make the biggest impact, with shoppers, visitors and evening revellers alike being able to enjoy the city centre with less need to traffic-dodge. This core retail area already has restricted access but the council finds that the rules are often flouted, particularly at the top of Grainger Street and Grey Street. So these are being revised, to tighten restrictions in keeping with other pedestrianised areas so that the impact of vehicles is reduced and priority is given to pedestrians. A major difference, affecting motorists, will be the closure of the western end of Hood Street to traffic and the bringing in of a bus and cycle-only restriction eastbound through Blackett Street.

Changes to taxis’ facilities next to The Gate are intended to reduce the congestion they can cause by blocking access to bus stops. All ranks will be removed from Newgate Street and relocated to Clayton Street West and Nun Street where they will be given more room. Evening taxi ranks will also be provided in Shakespeare Street to reduce the burden on Grey Street.

A spokesman for Newcastle City Council said: “We’re making changes to bring the area next to the Monument into line with other pedestrianised parts of the city centre - creating a more pleasant environment by reducing the volume of traffic and giving priority to people on foot. The main changes will be the closure of the western end of Hood Street to vehicular traffic and the installation of a bus and cycle-only restriction. As part of the scheme we also intend to revise the taxi facilities adjacent to The Gate. We’re moving taxis to give them more space on Clayton Street West and around the Grainger Market. This will improve bus reliability and we’ll be putting in better loading and parking facilities for local businesses. He added: “The work aims to improve how the city centre is accessed and improve the city offer to shoppers, visitors, workers, businesses and people enjoying the night-time economy.”

Read more @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...affic-11520377
I d applaud the pedestrianization of Blacket St and Monument.... if they enforce and to date there s been a profound disinterest in dealing with the cars that scoot through there. Right now you could do donuts and the polis would continue eating them...

As to the taxis..... will increasing the number of ranks also reduce parking spaces again?
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I d applaud the pedestrianization of Blacket St and Monument.... if they enforce and to date there s been a profound disinterest in dealing with the cars that scoot through there. Right now you could do donuts and the polis would continue eating them...

As to the taxis..... will increasing the number of ranks also reduce parking spaces again?
The added restrictions on Blackett Street will hopefully give more chance for enforcement and you never know, with the increase in CCTV the Council could create another cash cow from the move.

Glad that the top end of Grey Street will now be a true pedestrian area with the closure of Hood Street access.

Perhaps its inevitable that the relocated taxi ranks will take up existing parking spaces unless some double yellow sections are to be used.
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Old June 29th, 2016, 01:09 PM   #2115
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Major plans unveiled for triple-decker roundabout on A19

Courtesy of today's Shields Gazette @ http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/b...-a19-1-7987822
Major plans unveiled for triple-decker roundabout on A19
29 June 2016



Drivers, business owners and residents are invited to find out more about plans to upgrade to a major junction on the A19.

In a bid to slash congestion on the route, contractors for Highways England will be lowering the A19 beneath the existing A1058 Coast Road and roundabout in North Tyenside, which will reduce congestion and improve the reliability of people’s journeys.

The £75million scheme is on the main route to and from the Tyne Tunnel and will mean that people travelling along the A19 will no longer have to queue at the roundabout to go straight on. Instead drivers will be able to use a new section of road which will run under the existing junction.

The improvements, which are part of the government’s five-year £15 billion roads investment programme, are designed to support opportunities and economic growth in the North East as part of the Northern Powerhouse initiative. The scheme will also improve safety for the thousands of drivers that use the junction each day as well as providing better facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.

Ahead of the main construction work starting later in the summer, a two day public exhibition will be held where people can find out more. A computer generated video showing the new triple decker junction has also been released and is available at https://youtu.be/lUDWEfpC0C4

Highways England project manager Julie Alexander said: “Once complete, this scheme will improve journey times on the A19 by reducing congestion and improving safety for the thousands of drivers that use this junction each day as well as cyclists and pedestrians. The A19 is a vital strategic link providing access to the Tyne Tunnel Trading Estate, Silverlink Retail Park, Cobalt Business Park and South East Northumberland. During construction we will do everything we can to keep disruption to a minimum and ensure that traffic does keep moving. I encourage anyone interested in finding out more about the work and how it may affect them to attend the public exhibition.”

The event will take place at the Village Hotel on Cobalt Business Park, West Allotment, Newcastle, NE27 0BY on Friday 1 July between 2pm and 8pm and on Saturday 2 July between 10am and 4pm. Representatives from Highways England and its contractors Sisk Lagan will be available to answer questions about the work.

Read more and see video: http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/b...#ixzz4Cxgab58b


This is the video - courtesy of YouTube - Highways Channel @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUDW...ature=youtu.be

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Old June 29th, 2016, 01:50 PM   #2116
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Looks like they are leaving no room for expansion if the A19 needs widened in the future.

A mistake already made with the Western bypass.
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I'd argue that a lane drop, should they widen the A19 (there's obviously a bigger issue wrt widening further south, though issues with the Western bypass and further widening of that mean that it might be more sensible to route N-S traffic via the Tyne Tunnel once again, which would mean a wider A19), at the Coast Road, is perfectly acceptable - it's the main road for a large area so there would be quite a lot of traffic would turn off there.
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I hope the coast road slip roads have a filter lane onto the A19 because at rush hour the traffic can back up onto the coast road.

I'll go along on Saturday and ask.

As I drove by yesterday the area where the construction base for it was under preparation.
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I hope the coast road slip roads have a filter lane onto the A19 because at rush hour the traffic can back up onto the coast road.

I'll go along on Saturday and ask.

As I drove by yesterday the area where the construction base for it was under preparation.
The video shows how the traffic will join the A19 north bound from the Coast Road - two lanes from the Coast Road filtering onto the A19.
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The video shows how the traffic will join the A19 north bound from the Coast Road - two lanes from the Coast Road filtering onto the A19.
The video looks as though they have to go through the roundabout (traffic light control) though which will just end up resulting in queues on the coast road slip road which back up onto the coast itself.

Speaking of the coast road, yet again the highways agency have deuces to reduce pretty much the whole section into 1 lane so they can strum the grass on one small part. They do this every couple of months which leads to traffic building up, and they do it over the course of a week. Why don't they just realise that it's time to kill the grass central reservation? Also why do they need to close a lane for pretty much it's entire length with one lane closing about 3 miles ahead of where the works start? And why does it take them so long?
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