Newcastle is about to see the biggest investment in its roads infrastructure for a generation. Read the Let's talk transport Re-Newcastle report here (pdf, 645kb).
Over the next five years we will completely transform the roads in the city centre and on the routes around and into Newcastle to create the modern highway system that a vibrant 21st century city deserves.
The changes will be as significant as the last big road improvements in the early 1980s which saw the pedestrianisation of Northumberland Street and the early 1970s when the central motorway was created.
The fact that the last big investment in Newcastle's roads was over 30 years ago is a big reason why our current road network struggles to cope. Our roads and junctions were designed for a time when there were far fewer cars and when businesses relied far less on road haulage to be competitive.
Newcastle has become an increasingly important regional capital - with many people from around the region commuting into the city for work - or to employment sites in the surrounding area.
At peak times in the mornings and evenings Newcastle's roads and junctions are carrying significantly more traffic than they were designed to handle.
Things have to change if Newcastle is to continue to thrive and flourish. We want to attract more people to come to live in and visit our city. We want to attract more businesses to set up here and create much needed jobs. We want to make sure that people across the city can get to and from work easily. And we want our city centre to be a great place for people to enjoy safely.
We are taking measures to limit the increase in traffic by encouraging greater use of public transport and healthier ways to travel like cycling and walking, but as our city grows and the economy improves we know that traffic is likely to grow in the years ahead and we have to take steps that will keep the city moving with a transport system that works.
We have a plan to modernise and upgrade our transport network over the next five years so they will meet the needs of a flourishing modern city long into the future. Our plan is based on three big changes:
Around the city
Improve roads that run around the city including the A1 in the vicinity of Lobley Hill, and at Seaton Burn junction with the A19.
Across the city
Improvements across the North of Newcastle running from west to east, taking in Cow Hill, Kenton Road to Grandstand Road, Blue House Roundabout, Osborne Road and Haddricks Mill roundabout at South Gosforth. These will build on proposed improvements at Cowgate and Four Lane Ends smoothing traffic flows across the North of Newcastle and into North Tyneside. Improvements along Gosforth High Street leading to an upgraded junction at Salters Road and onto Church Road (subject to a decision in August or September). This would link to the A1 taking traffic out of the city and onto a major route going north and south.
Within the city
Creating more space for pedestrians in and around the Central Station where pedestrian movements far outnumber those of cars.
Enhancing space for pedestrians and cyclists on Barras Bridge (between the Civic Centre and Newcastle University) where there is not enough space for pedestrians. Retailers and other interested parties will be fully consulted.
The Great North Cycleway; creating a cycle lane from Blue House Roundabout, down the Great North Road, along Barras Bridge, past the Civic Centre and down John Dobson Street into the city centre.
Delivering this ambitious change to our city will create short term disruption while work takes place but the benefits will be long lasting and will enable our city and its people to be healthy and thrive.
- Central Gateway
- Gosforth Transport Improvements 2014
- Major improvements to Cowgate roundabout
- Gosforth Transport Major Scheme Funding Bid
- Local Pinch Point Schemes
- Improving the West Road
A key part of improving our road infrastructure in the city will be to make Newcastle more cycle friendly. We have already done a lot to encourage cycling and want to improve on that by building safe cycling routes into and across the city. We have been awarded £5.7m from the Department for Transport's 'Cycling City Ambition Fund' to develop these routes and encourage more people to cycle. This will not only benefit cyclists, but bring environmental improvements and health benefits for everyone and support a city wide road network fit for the future.