Great North Road – Broadway East and West to Brunton Lane Improvements

December 2018 update.

Work on the southbound cycle lane is now substantially complete.  There are some elements to be finished off this week, and in the New Year, including the Bus layby near the rugby ground, and minor elements of coloured surfacing work on the approach to Broadway Roundabout. 

Construction on the northbound cycle track section from the Three Mile Garage to Fencer Hill Park has been taking place throughout December and is partly complete.  This work will stop on December 21st and re-start date w/c 7 January.

From the 7th of January, work on the sections south west and north west of Polwarth Drive Roundabout will start, this will include the removal of island at the junction of Polwarth Drive.  Lane closures will be required to enable this work to take place.  We will ensure that all lane closures and other traffic management will be taken off when and where it is safe to do so.  The work in these locations is anticipated to take a number of weeks to complete. 

In addition to the cycle track construction works, we are also looking at tree planting on the scheme.  This work may be phased as it is subject to construction being completed and having the ability to access the relevant locations in the current planting season (up until the end of February 2019).   

We can confirm that we are aiming to plant a line of new trees in the east verge adjacent to Melton Park and anticipate around 12 or more trees here.

There are likely to be opportunities for planting in the east verge further south from Melton Park but these trees may have to wait until the 19/20 planting season as we would rather not plant any later then the end of February as this makes it more difficult for trees to become established before the dryer weather of spring and summer.

We also aim to look at the existing trees in the central reservation and to plant in any gaps, in order to increase the age range and therefore the long-term sustainability of trees between the two carriageways. We will also look at other tree planting opportunities in the area and, where possible carry out the planting during the current season.

A further update will be provided in January 2019  in relation to the remaining works on this scheme.

November update

Most of the southbound cycle lane work is complete between Glamis Avenue and Broadway roundabout. The two stone bus shelters are now the responsibility of the Parish Council and construction work in these areas can now be carried out. The works will start on this week at Melton Park bus stop. The bus stop will be out of use during the works which should last for for approx two-weeks.

After this, we will start the bus stop works south of Polwarth Drive roundabout which will mean the bus stop will be out of use for two-weeks. The white lining of the new cycle track will be carried out during November, weather depending.

With the ongoing works at Killingworth Road, we had planned to do the more disruptive works once Killingworth Road is re-opened. However, we cannot postpone this work until then as Killingworth Road has been severely delayed due to the over-running gas works.

This means that in the run up to Christmas, works will start on the northbound stretch of the scheme between the Shell Garage and Polwarth Drive roundabout. Lane closures will be required and these may need to be in place for 24 hours but this will be kept to a minimum. There may be some disruption to traffic and delays northbound on great North Road but this will be monitored and traffic management may be removed if there are major delays on this route.

We will ensure that all lane closures and other traffic management will be taken off during the Christmas holiday period (22 Dec to 7 Jan).

We will provide further updates after Christmas period.

October update

As part of the ongoing construction of the Broadway to Brunton Lane Scheme works will be required to replace kerbs and drainage gullies at the entrance to Melton Park on Newlands Avenue next week.

To ensure the works can be carried out in a safe manner a temporary access restriction will be required. Vehicle movements will be restricted inbound only from Great North Road to Melton Park and vehicles exiting Melton Park will do so via Glamis Avenue.

Signage will be in place to inform people when the restriction will start, and where traffic will be diverted. Click for a map.

This restriction will be in place for 3 days maximum.

We apologise in advance for the unavoidable noise and disruption, but we will do our best to minimise the impact on you.

Access to Melburn Park will be maintained at all times throught the works.

We appreciate people’s patience while these works are carried out.

Information on the  project

In order to carry out the works safely and efficiently, and in order to minimise disruption while Killingworth Road is closed and other roadworks in the area are ongoing, the works will be carried out in a number of phases.

Wherever possible, two lanes will be maintained in both directions.  However, occassionaly we will need to introduce temporary lane closures and traffic signals.

A temporary speed limit of 30mph will be introduced, between Broadway East and West and Brunton Lane. This will be in both directions for the duration of works.

A temporary speed limit of 30mph will be introduced, between Broadwya East adn West and Brunton Lane. This will be in both directions for the duration of the works.

The continious white line is a temporary edge of carriageway road marking which is in place to create a safe working zone for the workers constructing the new cycle track off the highway, and to try to minimise the need for temporary lane closures.

While the majority of the works will be carried out during normal working hours Monday to Friday, some works will need to be carried out overnight or at weekends.

When we carry out resurfacing works at the side road junctions, some of these roads will need to be closed temporarily for short durations.  We will notify those affected by these works nearer the time.

We apologise in advance for the unavoidable noise and disruption, however it will be kept to a minimum at all times.


June 2018 Update

Phase 1A – southbound bus stop south of Glamis Avenue to Park Drive link footpath

The majority of the works within this section are complete except for traffic signs and road markings.  The area in front of the stone bus shelter will be resurfaced once the ownership of the shelter has been transferred to the parish council.  The raised table (large road hump) and associated works on Newlands Avenue will be carried out at a later date, when other similar works across the scheme are ready to be surfaced.

Phase 1B – southbound bus stop south of Polwarth Drive to Three Mile Bridge

Works along this section commenced in May and will continue southbound to a point a short distance north of Three Mile Bridge.  The existing footpath will remain largely untouched, with the new cycle-track generally being constructed in the grass verge, between existing trees and the kerb-line.  These works are expected to take approximately 10 to 12 weeks to complete.

Phase 1C – northbound, north of Three Mile Bridge to Fencer Hill Park access

This section will follow on from Phase 1B, and is also expected to take approximately 10 to 12 weeks to complete.


A legal advertising / consultation of a proposed permanent extension of the existing 30 mph speed limit on Great North Road, to a point a short distance north of Brunton Lane, will be taking place in the near future.

You can view the updated proposals here (1.95 mb). You can view the residents' letter here.

You can view the CR4 Broadway to Brunton engagement report (July 2016) here. (pdf, 2.85mb)

Information regarding petition 

A petition from people objecting to the loss of trees and bus shelters was presented to the council on Wednesday 10 January. You can find out more on our response to this here.

Additional information


Page last updated: 
21 December 2018
1 Start 2 Complete
Was this page useful?