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A184 / A185 Heworth Interchange

Major road works are being planned at Heworth Roundabout. This is to repair the concrete bridges which the roundabout sits on. The work will involve removing the road surface and applying a new waterproof membrane. We expect the work to last six months, starting in late autumn. We will confirm a more precise date in due course.

This means Shields Road, the main road linking Pelaw and Bill Quay to Heworth Roundabout, could also be closed for up to six months during the repairs.

Plan your journey

  • Bus services 27 and 515 will be unaffected, though may be subject to short delays.
  • Metro services from Pelaw to Heworth will be unaffected and run to normal timetables.
  • Car - Shields Road is closed and all traffic will be diverted via Mill Lane/Leam Lane to Whitemare Pool.
  • Cycling - Cyclists can access Heworth Metro and Sunderland Road using the underpass from the long stay car park.
  • Walking - People on foot can access Heworth Metro and Sunderland Road using the underpass from the long stay car park.

Why the work is essential

The bridges over the railway line date from 1959 when the Felling Bypass opened. Time has taken its toll and the waterproof layer under the road has now failed. This means rainwater is leaking into the concrete structure of the bridges.

If left unchecked, this will cause major structural damage. The steel rods within the concrete will become wet and start to rust and expand. This expansion will crack and shatter the concrete from the inside.
This damage would be difficult, expensive and time-consuming to put right. In the worst case, it could lead to the complete replacement of the bridges.

As part of the works, we will also be removing the central roundabout at this crossing. This is because it is already light controlled and therefore no longer required.

How it will affect traffic

We expect the roadworks to cause significant congestion on mornings and evenings. Due to the surface removal, we will need to restrict traffic to a single carriageway. This will affect traffic in both directions throughout the works. Whenever possible, we will keep two lanes.

The following roads are expected be closed to all vehicles (except buses):

  • A185 Shields Road between Heworth Roundabout and the Maiden Over public house
  • The link road from Sunderland Road to Heworth roundabout, except access to the church
  • The Kirkstone Road bridge, to prevent motorists from rat-running through a residential estate

Residents of Pelaw wishing to access the Felling Bypass by car will need to use B1306 Mill Road and A194 Leam Lane to gain access at Whitemare Pool.

How it will affect public transport

The roadworks will not affect Metro and rail services, which will run to their normal timetables. You can find more information on timetables on the Nexus website.

We will be allowing buses only to run along the A185 Shields Road in Pelaw through the road works. This means services will be unaffected, but subject to minor delays. The bus lane on the Felling bypass between Lingey Lane and Heworth Metro will also be operating as normal. This means bus services throughout the Heworth area should be largely unaffected.

For more help planning your journey, you can visit Nexus, Traveline or Go North East.

Cyclists can access Heworth Metro and the Sunderland Road area using the underpass from the long stay car park. Alternatively, the Keelman Way will be open throughout the roadworks and can be accessed via Low Heworth Lane. You can find more information on cycle route on the Go Smarter website.

Why we may have to close Shields Road

Although we'd like to, it may not be possible to keep Shields Road open.

Computer modelling suggests it may cause serious congestion across the region. If we allow traffic out of Shields Road it could:

  • interrupt traffic flows on the Felling Bypass
  • back traffic up as far as the Sunderland border and well into Newcastle during peak times

Closing Shields Road would simplify the construction work, meaning we could finish the work more quickly and more safely.

Advice for motorists

If possible, we advise you to:

  • avoid the area
  • alter your times of travel
  • use public transport
The Metro system will be unaffected. Bus routes will only be subject to minor delays, as bus lanes will remain operational.

We are also maintaining access to the Heworth North long stay car park from the A185 Shields Road. The car park costs £2.30 per day and has an underpass leading to Heworth Interchange.

Further improvements

We will also be taking this opportunity to replace all the crash barriers between Heworth and Whitemare Pool. The work is long overdue and will improve safety for the travelling public.

The new barriers will be stronger and will protect the opposite carriageway from cross-over accidents. As well as this, we will be installing new street lighting.

Doing the work now will save having to impose further lane restrictions in the future. Once again, we will be trying to complete this work quickly, keeping two lanes in each direction whenever possible.



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A189 Killingworth Road Closure


A189 Killingworth Road in Newcastle will be closed from 20 July until Spring 2018 as part of a £13.5m investment project to widen the road and install a new Metro bridge at a well-known pinch point.

We are working with Nexus to widen the road which leads on to Haddricks Mill roundabouts in South Gosforth, to reduce congestion, smooth traffic flow and increase safety to one of the main commuter routes into Newcastle.

Metro operator Nexus will use this opportunity to replace their bridge and upgrade the train tracks, resulting in Metro services being disrupted for 34 days during this summer.

The councils, Nexus, bus operators and other partners are working together to minimise disruption and diversions will be in place. Plans include timings on traffic signals tweaked across the network to smooth traffic flow, temporary bus lanes to prioritise buses through key junctions, with additional buses and pricing incentives to encourage more people to use public transport. We will also close Salters Bridge to reduce traffic through residential areas.

This work is part of our Re-newcastle programme of investment into our Newcastle's highways and key junctions - the biggest investment in our city's roads in over 30 years.

The works include:

  • Installing wider pavements to make it easier for people on foot and with pushchairs or mobility issues to get around.
  • Installing two-way cycle lanes to make it safer for people on bikes.
  • Installing a bus lane to help buses run to time.
  • Moving the carriageway further from people’s homes to improve their air quality and provide parking and improved footways for them.
  • Replacing the retaining wall with improved landscaping.
  • Widening the road to make it safer for everyone and reduce congestion.

For details of the works and information on diversions and mitigation measures to try and reduce the impact of this closure please click here.


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A1231 Wessington Way / New Wear Bridge, Sunderland

Starting from Monday the 11th of Jan 2016 there will be lane and speed restrictions of 20mph and 30mph in places both East and Westbound between the Queen Alexandra Bridge and the Barons Quay Road roundabout.

These works will have an impact on daily commutes to and from the A19 and Sunderland City but are essential infrastructure works as part of the new Wear Bridge crossing scheme.

  • A1231 Wessington Way - down to one lane in both directions for around 12 months
  • Timber Beach Road that links the A1231 Wessington Way with the main road through Sunderland
  • Enterprise Park will close permanently from mid-February 2016
  • The roundabout connecting European Way and Pallion New Road will be restructured

A1231 Wessington Way

The main work in this area will start in January 2016 and will see part of the A1231 Wessington Way reduced to one lane in both directions for around 12 months.

The area affected runs between the Queen Alexandra Bridge junction and the roundabout that connects Wessington Way with Colima Avenue (near the footbridge and McDonalds). There will also be reduced speed limits in place throughout this time.

The works will see the Castletown roundabout on Wessington Way (beside Sainsbury's) at the junction with Timber Beach Road replaced with traffic lights. This will give direct access from the A1231 Wessington Way to the new bridge, across to Pallion and on to the city centre and the Port of Sunderland, and cater for the changes in the area as people use this junction to access the new bridge.


Timber Beach Road

The short section of Timber Beach Road that links the A1231 Wessington Way with the main road through Sunderland Enterprise Park will close permanently from mid-February 2016.

Access between Sunderland Enterprise Park and the A1231 Wessington Way will be via the two Colima Avenue routes or via the Queen Alexandra Bridge junction.

This section of road is being closed permanently to make way for a new road linking the A1231 Wessington Way directly to the new bridge, across the river to Pallion and on to the city centre and the Port of Sunderland.

The main section of Timber Beach Road that connects Hylton Park Road to Colima Avenue have occasional roadworks, but will remain open throughout 2016 and once the works are complete.


Pallion New Road and European Way

The roundabout between European Way and Pallion New Road is being replaced with traffic lights, which will speed up traffic flow in the area and give direct access from Pallion across the new bridge to the A1231 Wessington Way, and on to the A19. This work will start in the spring of 2016, and will last for around for 15 months.


Woodbine Terrace

Work is already underway in the area to widen and strengthen Woodbine Terrace in Pallion.
Timber screening has been installed on Woodbine Terrace to secure the area and enable a new boundary wall to be built on the strip of land that runs down towards the river, next to Matalan.

During these works, Woodbine Terrace is currently reduced to one lane. Priority is being given to traffic heading north, towards the river, ensuring that there is no queuing traffic back to the roundabout at the entrance to Pallion Industrial Estate.

Signs are in place to inform people that retailers on Pallion Retail Park and local businesses, such as Sunderland Wall and WH Forster Printers at Pallion Quay, are operating as usual.


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CCTV Video Wall

Still images from the regions Traffic Management CCTV cameras are now available in a “video wall” format at www.netrafficcams.co.uk

The images typically update every 1 – 15 minutes and can be filtered by district. Or cameras of interest can be selected to be viewed on the “My Camera” tab or selected from a map based layer and filtered by distance from your current location or by postcode.

On both the All Camera and My Cameras view the user can select how many cameras are display at once, this defaults to 12 images per page.

On desktop machines the images will automatically refresh as soon as a new image becomes available, on mobile devices users click the refresh button to update with the latest image (this is to ensure that mobile users are in control of how much data is being downloaded).



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Open Data

The Tyne & Wear UTMC officially launched it's Open Data Service at the Integrated Transport and Weather Information Pilot (ITWIP) event at Sunderland Software City on Friday 28th February 2014.

The key principle of open data is to increase transparency and the sharing of information we hold with the wider community.

Our service provides third party developers with access to a number of datasets sourced from the Tyne and Wear Urban Traffic Management Control (UTMC) system. Developers are then able to build useful applications using the data we have now made freely available.

Data that has been released includes travel and transport related datasets through the provision of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). The initial datasets made public include:

  • Air quality data
  • Car Parks
  • CCTV
  • Journey Times
  • SCOOT
  • Traffic – Accident
  • Traffic – Event
  • Traffic – Incident
  • Traffic – Roadwork
  • Weather station data

To get more information & access please visit www.netraveldata.co.uk.

The Tyne & Wear Urban Traffic Management Control (UTMC) & the Open Data Service is provided by Newcastle City Council on behalf of the North East Combined Authority.



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Park & Ride

Across Tyne & Wear there is a variety of Car Park & Ride facilities. At these locations users can interchange with either bus, cycle, metro, rail or taxi & avoid queues within city centres or possible full central car parks.

Car Park

District

Post Code

Interchange with...

Heworth

Gateshead

NE10 0NE

Bus, Cycle Parking, Metro, Rail & Taxi

Callerton Parkway

Newcastle

NE13 8DF

Cycle Parking & Metro

Great Park

Newcastle

NE13 9AA

Bus

Kingston Park

Newcastle

NE3 2SW

Cycle Parking & Metro

Regent Centre

Newcastle

NE3 3PF

Cycle Parking & Metro

Walkergate

Newcastle

NE6 4NT

Metro

Four Lane Ends

North Tyneside

NE7 7UJ

Bus, Cycle Parking, Metro & Taxi

Northumberland Park

North Tyneside

NE27 0SJ

Bus, Cycle Parking & Metro

Fellgate

South Tyneside

NE32 4QA

Metro

East Boldon

South Tyneside

NE36 0JZ

Cycle Parking & Metro

Stadium of Light

Sunderland

SR5 1JB

Cycle Parking & Metro




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