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NO CHAOS: Altered road layout has improved traffic

NO CHAOS: Altered road layout has improved traffic

Road layout changes on Lambton and Nelson Street in Gateshead, Image: Newcastle Chronicle

Alterations made to central Gateshead’s road layout mean that motorists didn’t see a repeat of traffic chaos this weekend.

An investigation was launched after Gateshead Council admitted that congestion the previous weekend was “on a scale not seen previously”.

Last Monday, Sheena Ramsey, chief executive at Gateshead Council, said that congestion seen on Friday and Saturday was “significantly worse than usual”, and that the council is investigating it as “a matter of urgency”.

Drivers reported mayhem in central Gateshead, with a Heworth woman saying her shopping was ruined after being stuck in Tesco car park for two hours on Friday September 17.

The council admitted that congestion was causing problems especially around the Nelson Street and Lambton Street area , with amendments to traffic management starting from Friday September 24.

Now Marc Morley, service director for highways and waste at the council, said the changes have cleared the congestion.

He said: “We monitored traffic levels throughout the weekend and we have seen not any repetition of the issues experienced last week.

“We believe the new layout for Lambton Street and Nelson Street, preventing
through traffic, has improved traffic flows.

“All temporary or new measures tend to experience some minor issues, so we will work with managers at Trinity Square and neighbouring businesses, to address any problems that arise.

“We believe our changes had a positive impact, but also traffic flows going south across the Tyne Bridge were back to more normal levels and nowhere near the levels we saw last Friday (17).

“This week also saw no major sports or event traffic, no significant incidents on the A1 and far fewer students arriving than last week.

“Our town centre has operated without issues although it was still busy at times.”

However, he urged visitors and residents to re-think using their cars.

He added: “We continue to emphasise the need to shift the balance away from the private car and towards alternative forms of transport, and would urge all our residents, and those travelling into Gateshead from neighbouring areas, to please choose the most appropriate, and most sustainable, mode of transport for their journey.”


Words: Herbert Soden, Local Demcoracy Reporter

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