Newcastle City Council were awarded £5.7m from the Department for Transport's 'Cycle City Ambition Fund' (CCAF), to encourage more people to cycle. This funding will not only benefit cyclists, but also bring road safety, environmental, health and financial benefits, and support a city wide road network fit for the future. Please note that this funding can only been spent on this type of scheme, for pedestrian, cycling and associated improvements.
What this means for Heaton Road
We want to invest in your area and create new cycle lanes along Heaton Road between Meldon Terrace and Cardigan Terrace. These cycle lanes will improve accessibility and safety for cyclists and pedestrians and provide a vital link to the city centre cycle route. There will be some short term disruption but this will lead to long term benefits for Heaton and the whole of the city.
- Replacing the existing pedestrian island at Meldon Terrace with new zebra crossing which will be at the same level as the pavement. This will make it easier for less able pedestrians and those with push chairs to use.
- Changes to available parking areas and the introduction of additional waiting restrictions to make it safer for all road users whilst increasing capacity.
- Reduction of street clutter, such as bollards and some signage.
- Introducing a 20 mph speed limit between Cardigan Terrace and Meldon Terrace.
- Introduction of Cycle lane between Cardigan Terrace and Meldon Terrace.
- Converting the existing roundabout at the junction with Heaton Park View to a signalised junction. This will incorporate signalled controlled crossings for pedestrians and cyclists.
The consultation has now concluded and the scheme is ready for construction.
A plan of the final scheme can be found here. (pdf 5.5mb)
What happens next?
Work started on Monday 16 January 2017, and is anticipated to be completed by July.
In order to carry out the works safely and efficiently, temporary traffic signals and temporary road closures will be operational as and when the relevant signs are displayed. You should be prepared for the road layout to change regularly as the works progress.
The contractor will be working closely with local businesses to maintain access and minimise disruption.
While the majority of works will be carried out Monday to Friday, some of the works may unavoidably be carried out at weekends.
Resurfacing works are scheduled to begin on the 2nd of July and last until the 13th July. These works form part of the final phase of the ongoing improvement works. Two Sundays closures will be in effect on the 2nd and 9th of July between 9am and 4pm. Diversionary routes will be in place when closures are in operation. Expect delays and use alternative routes if possible.
Should you have any queries or concerns whilst the improvement works are underway please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frontages in immediate proximity to the works will receive a separate letter prior to the works starting with additional contact information.