Haddricks Mill junction

A well-known collision hotspot, we’re making it safer, smoothing traffic flow and upgrading the ageing infrastructure.

How the completed Haddricks Mill junction will look

Six roads converge onto the junction which is used by tens of thousands of commuters each day, before construction began queues built up at peak periods, leading to longer journey times and affecting air quality in the area.

We're realigning the lanes on approach to the junction to improve lane discipline, re-positioning the mini-roundabouts to increase capacity and installing new pedestrian and cycling facilities, better signage and new intelligent crossing controllers and lights.

The new toucan crossings will help balance traffic flow at peak hours – reducing high levels of congestion and improving air quality.

We've also renovated the bridge the junction sits on to expand its lifespan.

Download the leaflet with full details (PDF 5.95MB)

Works include: Stage of works
Water-proofing and maintenance to the bridge the junction sits on Complete
Re-construction of carriageway Partially complete - this will be the final stage of works
Raised bridge parapets to increase safety Work due to start Jan/Feb 2020
Re-alignment of the roundabout to increase capacity The old roundabouts have been removed as part of the maintenance and utility diversion works. New ones will be installed in the location of the cones that are currently acting as a roundabout.
Widened lanes and better signage to improve lane discipline This will be part of the carriage construction work
Improved crossing points for pedestrians and cyclists to the main arms of the junction to control the flow of traffic at peak periods.

The first set of independent split crossings has been installed on Killingworth Road and are currently operational as a stand-alone crossing. Other sets have been placed on Benton Road and the ducting to support new signals has been placed on all legs of the junction.

Improved cycling and walking facilities including accessible routes to the Wagon Way These will form part of the new shared surfaces.
Segregated cycle lanes incorporated where space allows

On some approaches such as Killingworth Road there is full mode separation right up to the shared surface around the junction.

Raised tables on to reduce speeding on Hunters Road These will be installed as part of the resurfacing works at the end of the programme.
Major utility works

 

This is a large piece of work and Northern Power Grid are currently on site. They were expected to complete their work by mid-November however due the technical challenges created by the extremely congested bridge their timescales have been extended.  They have proposed an alternate solution and their contractors Clancy Docwra are busy putting it in place.  This alternate solution allows for all of the footpaths and shared surfaces to the south of the junction to be expedited, commencing immediately.

Go here to see the plans (pdf 4.8MB)

The main programme of work began Spring 2019 and should least until Spring 2020. However, we are committed to minimising disruption and keeping two-way traffic on all approaches – apart from occasional night-time and weekend closures for resurfacing towards the end of the programme.

The works are a scaled down version of the proposals we consulted on in 2016 and addresses many of the concerns raised by residents such as the size of the junction, changes to access to a local housing estate and proposed banned tunes and movements.

The project received £4m from the Government’s Local Growth Deal through the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The Local Growth deal is supporting major capital investments to promote innovation, economic and skills infrastructure and sustainable transport as part of the North East Growth Deal.

Did you know?

Connecting key junctions across the city - the improvements to Haddricks Mill double roundabout are part of a wider package of corridor improvements that run from Cowgate to the north of the city in Gosforth. We have completed work on Cowgate, we're currently working on Killingworth Road and Haddricks Mill and when they are complete, we will start work on Blue House.

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