Our response to the Durham Road QTC consultation in Gateshead

The proposed plan for Durham Road QTC can be found here (external link)

Newcycling’s response sent to Nick Clennett (cc Andrew Low), Gateshead Council on 6 November 2014

TS‐109 Durham Road QTC Phase 4 – Consultation – Not In Favour Of Proposals

Dear Nick,

I have reviewed the proposed Durham Road highway scheme issued for consultation by Gateshead Council. I ask the council to undertake a redesign of the scheme and address serious issues with the design as issued for consultation.

Local representatives of charities and user groups concerned with walking and cycling take a keen interest in this scheme given the routes importance as a walking, cycling and public transport corridor.

Although shared pedestrian ‐ cycle paths can be appropriate for greenway routes or edge of town locations, their use in a dense urban environment should only ever be seen as a last resort for short sections. To design in conflict between pedestrians and cyclists on a significant section of this major corridor is unacceptable.

Designing for separate bicycle and pedestrian provision will entail significant cost, both financial and in the allocation of road space. I ask the council to seek the additional funding to take forward a better quality design and create a scheme which matches the quality of public realm being created in other cities.

Yours Sincerely

Scott Dawson

Infrastructure Lead, Newcastle Cycling Campaign