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Quayside barrier test will boost flood resilience in North East

700m of flood barrier will be put up along the Newcastle Quayside to test flood prevention plans

The Environment Agency will deploy 700 metres of temporary flood barriers along Newcastle’s Quayside as part of a ‘live’ training exercise on Tuesday 6 December.
 
It will be the first time the temporary barriers, which form part of the Government’s national flood prevention plans, have been deployed and tested in the North East.
 
Organised in partnership with Newcastle City Council, the exercise will boost flood resilience across the region by training staff how to put the barriers up as well as testing new operational deployment plans.
 
Following last winters’ devastating flooding the Environment Agency has invested in new equipment including 40 km of temporary flood barriers. The barriers are held at strategic sites across the UK and can be transported anywhere in the country within twelve hours.
 
In Newcastle, the one metre high barrier will stretch from the Copthorne Hotel almost up to the Pitcher & Piano, covering the lowest section of the Quayside, which floods when the River Tyne reaches 3.15 metres.
 
In December 2013, tidal levels of 4.02 metres were recorded on the Tyne which led to flooding of the Quayside and 18 businesses along it.
 
Flood support staff will use the exercise as an opportunity to test new technology that relays live data, including flood levels and photographs, back to incident control teams during a flood event. The information collected by staff in the field will automatically upload to an instant mapping portal, helping the Environment Agency make better and quicker decisions on how to direct resources.
 
The ‘live’ test comes one year after Storm Desmond flooded more than 300 properties in the North East and builds on the £3.2million recovery programme carried out to repair and restore flood defences, and work to help communities be more resilient to flooding.
 
Alan Cadas, Operations Manager for the Environment Agency in the North East, said: “We know the devastating impact flooding can have on people’s lives and livelihoods. We’ve worked hard this past year improving and repairing flood defences across the North East to protect communities and businesses ahead of this coming winter.
 
“This exercise is another part of our winter readiness activities. We can never completely eliminate the risk of flooding but by training staff from the Environment Agency and partners in how to erect the temporary barriers, we add another weapon to our armoury.”
 
Cabinet Member for Investment and Development, Cllr Ged Bell, said: “Exercises like this are crucially important because they identify problems long before the flooding occurs so they help residents and businesses be better protected.
 
“Our officers will also take part in the exercise, and that will assist their understanding and help speed up the deployment of these barriers if a tidal surge occurs.
 
“Residents, businesses and motorists may experience slight disruption during the exercise. I am sure the Environment Agency will be doing all that it can to keep this to a minimum - but I’d still like to thank everyone in advance for their co-operation.”
 
The Quayside is one of five locations at risk from flooding initially identified as suitable for the deployment of temporary barriers in the North East. Others are Blyth, St Omers Haugh at Dunston, Tyne Green at Hexham and Skinningrove. The Environment Agency is working with partners to identify further locations at risk of flooding where the barriers could be deployed.
 
During the exercise, part of the footpath along the Newcastle Quayside will be closed to pedestrians. In addition, the road will be reduced to one lane with temporary traffic lights from 00.01 to 06.00 on 6 December and from 00.01 to 06.00 on 7 December while the barriers are delivered and taken away.



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Christmas Travel Info


Day Date

Bus

Metro

Ferry

Trains

Christmas Eve

Saturday

24-Dec

A normal service until about 6.30pm, then a reduced service until 8.00pm, when all services will finish.

Saturday service until about 6.30pm, then hourly (30 mins in Newcastle city centre) until about 11pm, when last services will leave Monument (time depends on destination)

Normal service with an early finish. Last ferry from South Shields at 7.15pm, from North Shields at 7.30pm.

Normal service with a reduced timetable from 8pm

Christmas Day

Sunday

25-Dec

No service

No service

No service

No service

Boxing Day

Monday

26-Dec

Arriva, Go North East and Stagecoach will operate some daytime services, with additional services paid for by Nexus.

Saturday service from about 8am until about 10.30pm when last services will leave Monument (time depends on destination) - full details are at nexus.org.uk

Sunday service

No service

Bank Holiday

Tuesday

27-Dec

Saturday service

Saturday service with some changes - see nexus.org.uk for details

Normal service

Normal service, subject to changes for engineering works

Wednesday

28-Dec

Saturday service

Normal weekday service

Normal service

Normal service, subject to changes for engineering works

Thursday

29-Dec

Saturday service

Normal weekday service

Normal service

Normal service, subject to changes for engineering works

Friday

30-Dec

Saturday service

Normal weekday service

Normal service

Normal service, subject to changes for engineering works

New Year’s Eve

Saturday

31-Dec

Most bus operators will run normal timetables until about 6.30pm, then a reduced service until 8.00pm, when all services will finish.

Saturday service until about 10pm, then every 30 mins until about 11pm, when last services will leave Monument (time depends on destination). Extra services between 6.30pm and 8pm.

Normal service with an early finish, as Christmas Eve.

Normal service with a reduced timetable from 8pm.

New Year’s Day

Sunday

01-Jan

No service

No service

No service

No Local Service some national trains may run. Check with National Rail

Bank Holiday

Monday

02-Jan

Stagecoach buses will operate a Saturday service. All Go North East buses and most Arriva ones (except 18/18A, 32/32A, which will operate a Saturday service) will operate a Sunday service.

Saturday service with some changes - see nexus.org.uk for details.

Normal service

Normal service

Tuesday

03-Jan

Normal Service

Normal Service

Normal Service

Normal Service

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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A194 Leam Lane (A19 to A1300), South Tyneside

Work on the Lindisfarne and John Reid Road Roundabouts will get underway in July and is scheduled to last around 12 months. On Monday 4 July, site set-up and preparation will begin, with the roadworks starting on Monday 18 July.


What will the work involve?

  • Widening both Lindisfarne and John Reid Road roundabouts and the dual carriageway in between (Leam Lane) from two to three lanes in both directions
  • Local widening of the east bound approach to the Lindisfarne Roundabout and the approach from John Reid Road to the John Reid Road roundabout from two to three lanes
  • Carrying out highway drainage works to reduce the risk of flooding at the Lindisfarne roundabout
  • Closing the Edinburgh Road exit onto Leam Lane to all traffic, except buses. Entry will remain open to all vehicles
  • Introducing new pedestrian and cycle facilities including a new controlled crossing across Leam Lane

What will happen to reduce delays during the works?

During the works both roundabouts and Leam Lane will remain open to a minimum of two lanes during peak periods. Although this will help to reduce the likelihood of delays, we advise road users to allow extra time for journeys or plan an alternative route where possible.

Pedestrians and road users are reminded to take extra care when passing through road works.


Why is the work taking place?

The works aim to reduce journey times in and out of South Tyneside, reduce the risk of accidents and alleviate flooding.


View the current and future layouts

Current layout PDF
Current layout Video
Future layout PDF
Future layout Video



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A1058 Billy Mill, North Tyneside

The first phase of work involves providing two eastbound traffic lanes along Beach Road to the A192 Tynemouth Pool Roundabout and a new footpath/cycleway. 

The major works include removing the roundabout & signalising Billy Mill.

Subject to work progressing as planned, the removal of Billy Mill Roundabout will start on Monday July 18 and last up to five weeks. The roundabout will be reduced to one lane and there will also be a lane reduction on all its approaches except at Regent Terrace.

This will be the most disruptive period of work for the majority of vehicles that use Billy Mill, which is why it has been scheduled during the school summer holidays. However, we still anticipate significant delays for road users during the peak periods and would advise you allow extra time for your journeys or use public transport.

Following the roundabout’s removal, Billy Mill will operate under temporary traffic signals until the scheme’s completion.

Meanwhile, the junction of Lynn Road and Billy Mill will be closed to road users for one week immediately after the roundabout’s removal. This is to enable the removal of the splitter island that separates traffic lanes, installation of underground ducts that will carry the new traffic signal cables and road resurfacing.

Because this junction closure will affect the 53, 80 and 308 bus services, a free shuttle bus will be in operation from Lynn Road to North Tyneside General Hospital on Rake Lane. The shuttle bus will pick-up and drop off passengers at the usual stops for all three buses on this route. For more information about this, visit www.nexus.org.uk/bus

Following the full closure of the junction of Lynn Road and Billy Mill, a partial closure of the junction will be required until the completion of work at Billy Mill.

Although access to Lynn Road from Billy Mill will be maintained, there will be no access from Lynn Road to Billy Mill except for buses via an enforceable bus lane.

This will significantly help traffic flow as best as possible on the A1058 Coast Road and
Beach Road while the temporary traffic signals are in use.

We recognise that this will cause disruption to some road users and we would like to thank you in advance for your patience.

The suggested long-term diversion route for Lynn Road traffic seeking to access the A1058 Coast Road is via Billy Mill Lane, New York Bypass, Norham Road North, Middle Engine Lane and either Silverlink or Churchill Street. Vehicles could alternatively join the  Coast Road via Norham Road Bridge until the start of works there this summer, when it is expected there will be congestion in this area.



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A1056 Sandy Lane, North Tyneside

North Tyneside Council is investing £4.8million to improve junctions along the A1056 Sandy Lane.

The route is used by around 30,000 vehicles per day and suffers from significant congestion during peak periods. Around 2,400 of the vehicles use the A1056 Sandy Lane during the peak morning hour and this is expected to increase to approximately 3,200 by 2030, further increasing delays.

The improvement project aims to reduce congestion and improve journey times, enhance access to Sandy Lane Industrial Estate and support the growth of Indigo Park.


It includes:

Replacing the A1056 Sandy Lane/B1318 Roundabout with a signalised T-junction. This will increase the junction's capacity and reduce peak-time delays. Westbound vehicles on Sandy Lane seeking to go straight-on at the junction will have a dedicated bypass lane and will be no longer be required to give way to traffic from Wideopen.

Providing two eastbound lanes from the A1056 Sandy Lane/B1318 junction to the Vehicle & Operator Services Agency (VOSA) Testing Station. This will greatly benefit traffic in the afternoon peak period, which can queue back as far as the A1 junction.

Installing traffic signals at the junction to Sandy Lane Industrial Estate and widening the A1056 Sandy Lane at this location to accommodate turning traffic. This will make it safer and easier for vehicles to join the A1056 Sandy Lane and reduce the likelihood of westbound traffic being held up by vehicles entering the estate.

Creating a new signalised junction for access to Indigo Park.
Installing a Pegasus crossing on Old Sandy Lane, next to Five Mile Park and providing improved facilities for cyclists.


Work is now underway and is due for completion in spring 2017. There will be works in the area of the A1056 Sandy Lane/B1318 junction throughout the majority of the project.



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A188 / A189 Major Improvement Works, North Tyneside

North Tyneside Council applied for and won £2.2m from the Department for Transport to carry out major improvement works on the A188/A189 Benton Road corridor.

This major project will help to improve general traffic and public transport movements. This in turn will support future job creation and local economic growth, enhance road safety and provide better pedestrian and cycle facilities.

Highlights of the Works
  • A188-A189 Benton Lane / Salters’ Lane Roundabout - Widening & installing traffic signals on the existing roundabout *To Be Confirmed*
  • A189 next to White House Farm - Install a new signalised roundabout with Pegasus crossing & new bus stops *Ongoing*
  • A1056-A189 Sandy Lane / Killingworth Way Roundabout - Widening & installing traffic signals on the existing roundabout *To Be Confirmed*

This project is being managed and delivered by Capita, North Tyneside Council's technical services partner.

Construction is due to start this summer. The works will cause some disruption, however every effort will be made to keep this to a minimum.

All works will be carried outside of peak times, between 9.30 and 15:00. Some limited night time working will be required. No approaches will be closed, most will be reduced to a single lane. No diversions are required for the works.

Full info including maps of works please visit: http://is.gd/OfaRng



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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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