Residents have told us they are unhappy about traffic conditions and road safety in Gosforth. In 2007 we asked you in a survey what changes you wanted to see. Between 2008 and 2010 we used the survey results to draw up plans for improvements covering Gosforth High Street, and the Haddricks Mill and Bluehouse roundabouts.
We were ready to ask the government for some of the funding but the relevant transport fund was closed down. The rest of the funding was from monies collected from developers to improve these junctions and from our local transport plan. We now have enough money from these sources to start the improvements.
In July 2012 we had the chance to bid for money to make improvements for cycle safety in Newcastle. We decided that the best use of this money would be to add more improvements for cyclists to the work already planned for Gosforth and revamp the existing quieter, parallel route for less experienced cyclists. We put in a bid for £1.3M for cycle improvements in November 2013 and should hear in the next few weeks if we have the money.
Because we were now able to make more improvements for cycling, we asked you again in November 2013 what your priorities are for traffic movement in Gosforth. The key messages from the survey were
We also took into account comments made in the survey on cycle safety in The Times newspaper and from the Newcastle Cycling Campaign petition, information on collisions in the area and work already underway to create a better cycle route from the Great Park to Gosforth Academy.
Using all of this we have put together a scheme for traffic improvements in Gosforth and there is more information below. The scheme will bring benefits for everyone particularly those who walk, cycle or use public transport. The scheme will stretch from Broadway roundabout to the start of the Town Moor, with the quieter cycle route running from Christon Road to the Town Moor via Moor Road.
As we said the money is already available for some of the work but a lot of the quieter cycle route is dependent on the government for extra funding. We will know by the end of February if we will get the extra money. If we don’t, we will try to carry out the work as money becomes available.
The overall scheme. (pdf 3.85mb)
We have divided up the proposals into work affecting junctions and work affecting longer sections of road.
When you have looked at the plans you can make comments.
We will replace the roundabout with traffic signals and install advance stop lines to give cyclists a head start on traffic. In addition we will provide a shared surface, used by both pedestrians and cyclists, at the corners between the crossings to allow cyclists to bypass the lights when turning left. We will work with residents whose driveways come out onto the roundabout to make sure they have safe access.
This work is dependent on extra funding from the government.
Plan of Broadway junction (pdf 2.88mb)
We are looking into of using hybrid cycle lanes to separate the cyclists from the rest of the traffic. Hybrid lanes have a slight height difference between the footpath, the cycle path and the rest of the traffic.
Plan of remodeled crossing (pdf 308kb)
This dovetails with the work proposed under the Local Sustainable Transport Fund to make the footpath from Park Avenue to Knightsbridge shared use for safer cycling to Gosforth Academy. The work is part of a longer route from Great Park to Gosforth Academy. We have already installed a toucan on Wansbeck Road and want to
Plan of work from Park Avenue to Knightsbridge (pdf 884kb)
Plan of Hollywood Avenue junction (pdf 1.2mb)
Plan of Regent Centre junctions (pdf 2.56mb)
Plan of Church Road/Salters Road junction (pdf 1.3mb)
Moor Road is already being resurfaced with cycling budget money and a contribution from the ward committee.
Plan of the Moor Road/The Grove junction (pdf 180kb)
We will improve the traffic management controlling the parking and loading along the high street to allow traffic to flow more smoothly.
There are a number of ways of doing this.
We could designate this as a Red Route to prevent any vehicles except buses stopping here outside specified times. This will allow us to reserve some areas for parking and loading but would need to apply this over a long length of road.
An alternative would be to provide a bus and cycle lane with a single general traffic lane in each direction. There would still have to be careful management of parking and loading. This option will allow for greater flexibility in its application over the course of the road.
We will take into account all of your comments and finalise the plans. If a proposal needs a legal order you will be able to comment on it further through the normal consultation procedure. We will publish the letters and the legal order plans on this webpage.
You can keep up-to-date with cycling across the city through the e-newsletter Cycling News. You can sign up here.
You can make comments through the Gosforth Traffic Improvements Survey at www.letstalknewcastle.co.uk
You can contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Page last updated: 11 April, 2013