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Our plan

Mapping out Newcastle's future.

Over the next four years we aim to completely transform the highways and public spaces within the city centre as well as on routes around and across Newcastlle.

 

 

 

 

In the past, our transport infrastructure has grown inline with demand, primarily in response to increased car use. Our approch needs to take account of the longer term interests of people, in terms of health, wellbeing and their experience to, around and across the city. We now have a major opportunity to ensure that people are at the hearts of our plans, for today, tomorrow and generations to come.

 

Our plan is to make Newcastle one of the easiest cities to get around, with new road layouts and traffic light technology making it quicker and safer to travel, however you choose to move around the city. Businesses will also benefit as new routes create new commerical and retail opportunities, more effecient routes for the movement of goods and materials, and make Newcastle a more attractive place to invest in.

 

Understandbly there willl be some short-term disruption as these improvements take place - however the outcome will have lasting benefits. We are investing in our city to meet the needs of a flourishing modern city long into the future.

 

Many of these improvements have been in the planning for the years, and have now been made possible by the council securing extensive funding, including on the A1 Western Bypass and at problem junctions like Haddricks Mill roundabout.

 

Our plans are based on making the following big changes:

 

Across the city

 

The newly completed junction at Cowgate has improved traffic across the city. We have plans to make more improvements in the north of the city. As part of this we are redesigning both Haddricks Mill and Blue House roundabouts and the junctions around them.

 

These two major junctions are key routes for people wanting to get into the city and for those heading to work in nearby offices, such as the Freeman Hospital and the HMRC.

 

During peak hours, traffic builds up at Blue House roundabout. It is difficult to manage congestion on roundabouts as priority is always given to the right. This can mean that big queues can build up on some of the more popular approaches and not others, often causing issues for bus reliability.

 

Haddricks Mill suffers from similar problems. Over half of all traffic to the Freeman Hospital and nearby offices travel through this junction. Again, traffic flow is difficult to manage and queues build up causing delay and poor air quality.

 

Both roundabouts have some of the worst safety records in the city. The confusing layouts, high volume of traffic and poor pedestrian facilities means there are a high number of collisions. And they are the worst locations in the city for injuries to people on bikes.

 

We will be sharing our proposals for these areas this summer and asking for your views

 

Across the city

 

The newly completed junction at Cowgate has improved traffic across the city. We have plans to make more improvements in the north of the city. As part of this we are redesigning both Haddricks Mill and Blue House roundabouts and the junctions around them.

 

These two major junctions are key routes for people wanting to get into the city and for those heading to work in nearby offices, such as the Freeman Hospital and the HMRC.

 

During peak hours, traffic builds up at Blue House roundabout. It is difficult to manage congestion on roundabouts as priority is always given to the right. This can mean that big queues can build up on some of the more popular approaches and not others, often causing issues for bus reliability.

 

Haddricks Mill suffers from similar problems. Over half of all traffic to the Freeman Hospital and nearby offices travel through this junction. Again, traffic flow is difficult to manage and queues build up causing delay and poor air quality.

 

Both roundabouts have some of the worst safety records in the city. The confusing layouts, high volume of traffic and poor pedestrian facilities means there are a high number of collisions. And they are the worst locations in the city for injuries to people on bikes.

 

We ran a public consultation on these roundabouts this summer. We can confirm that we will not be progressing the outline design for Blue House roundabout and Jesmond Dene Road due to the strength of public opinion. We are currently reviewing the feedback for Haddricks Mill. Full details are available at www.newcastle.gov.uk/roads

 

Around the city

 

We’re working with Highways England to improve the road network around the city, including the A1 and A19. We’re looking forward to the opening of A1 Coalhouse to Metro Centre next month which will greatly enhance travel time for commuters. We lobbied Government for this funding as we needed to improve our city’s connectivity to the wider region. We also welcome the further investment due to start this summer to the A19 east of the city which will complement the delivery of the Second Tyne Tunnel.

 

Working to expand the rail offer

 

The city is also extremely fortunate to have its light rail rapid transit system – the Metro. The economic and social importance of Metro cannot be underestimated. It has been a success story since it was first opened in 1980, taking 15 million car journeys off our road which has played a big part in cutting congestion. Metro sees 40 million passenger journeys a year, and the number of people using the system is at a five year high. It is vital for social mobility, getting people to places of work and leisure.

 

Metro is owned and managed by Nexus, who are currently half way through a £350m modernisation programme of the existing infrastructure. We are also supporting Nexus’s bid for Government funding for a new fleet of trains, which will be needed by the mid-2020s, and the dialogue with ministers needs to begin now.