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Our Response – Blue House to Haddrick’s Mill

We have written up a detailed technical response to council’s engagement exercise on the Northern Access Corridor (section Blue House to Haddrick’s Mill) route. Our detailed response is available here   If you haven’t yet commented on all three of the council consultation pages they are available here: Blue House Jesmond Dene Road Haddrick’s Mill The consultation is open until 21st August 2016.

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Callerton Masterplan – Our Response

Our Response to the Draft Callerton Masterplan, sent 5th June 2016: – The draft Callerton Masterplan has us very worried about how cycling infrastructure will be designed and physically provided for in and around the new housing developments. In the masterplan the amount of appreciable consideration for cycling seems almost non-existent, particularly most of the mentions of cycling are specifically conflated with pedestrian routes. These two vital active-travel networks however have completely different design needs. Active Travel Priority Globally, there is no description in the document of how the area will be designed to prioritise active travel over private motor[…]

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Heaton Road Area – Our Response

Our response to the Heaton Road Area TRO that we sent on the 10th June 2016: – Regarding GH/P44/1112 – Heaton Road For the specific details that are covered in the TRO (Legal order), we support the proposed changes as part of the measures being introduced on Heaton Road to make it safer for walking and cycling. Regarding the drawing that has been presented alongside the TRO, we do have some concerns, that we have previously raised during the development of this scheme. We urge the council to address these before the scheme is built. While the reduction in speed[…]

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Our Reply: Great North Road Broadway to Brunton Lane

Our response to the latest consultation for the changes to Great North Road between Broadway and Brunton Lane. The documents for this consultation: Great North Road TRO Document Great North Road TRO Drawing 1 Great North Road TRO Drawing2 Our Response We generally support the proposal for the Great North Road. We do have some comments about the scheme, that we urge the council to consider before the scheme is finalised. Cycleway Width When the scheme was presented at the engagement stage, the drawing showed where the cycleway would be at least 2m wide. The drawings now state a minimum[…]

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Haddrick’s Mill – Routing and zoning

We reported about Haddrick’s Mill before. Its connection to the ‘Northern Access Corridor’ council plans makes it quite an urgent topic. In the previous article on Haddrick’s Mill, we laid out the idea of re-figurating this complex junction in Newcastle to reduce motor traffic from this area of Newcastle. In articles before we discussed Haddrick’s Mill in more general terms and talked more specifically about the cycle infrastructure required to bring it up to Dutch standards. This article will make an assumption: we think that reconfiguration of the junction is not something that the council are currently willing do. Hence we describe what[…]

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Our Reply: Great North Road – Broadway To Brunton Lane Engagement

The following is our response to the engagement event carried out by the council for changes that are being developed for the Great North Road between Broadway and Brunton Lane. The engagement web page is here. The drawing that was produced for this is included below. Our Response As the proposed scheme is currently going through engagement, this is not an endorsement of the scheme, but an opportunity for us to make comments. We hope these comments will be useful to the council in developing the scheme further. Overall the scheme is encouraging. It is good to see continuous cycle[…]

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Haddrick’s Mill – Through Routes and Distributor Roads

In two previous articles we discussed the Haddrick’s Mill Junction in general terms and talked more specifically about the required cycle provision. One of the key points we have been making over the past few years, is that roads need to be clearly designated by their function – following the Dutch design principles of Sustainable Safety (a campaign policy). So it was a bit of a pleasant surprise to see a booklet (recently published by the council carried out under the Re-Newcastle banner) showing a road designation system, albeit rudimentary, now being developed! Have the council got it right? Let’s[…]

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City Centre North Engagement – Our Reply

Our reply to the council for the engagement being carried out for the North of the City Centre. The councils website for the engagement: https://northnewcastle.commonplace.is/ Our Reply As the City Centre North proposals cover a number of different schemes, we will provide feedback on the overall aims of the plans for the City Centre North proposals, followed by more detailed feedback on each of the schemes. As the schemes are currently going through engagement, this is not an endorsement of the schemes, but comments that we hope will be useful to the council in developing the schemes further. Our comments[…]

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City Centre South East – Our Reply

Regarding Durant Road/Ellison Place and Market Street/Pilgrim Street Improvements The changes being proposed for both of these schemes offer improvement for cycling in the city centre. We congratulate the council on continuing to produce plans that could create a city centre that is much more accessible and hopefully also traversable by those using cycles. As the schemes are still in an engagement phase we nonetheless have some points that we would like to raise. We urge the council to act on these before any further phase. Width The drawings are not clear about the width planned for the two way[…]

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Haddricks Mill – what cycle provision is needed?

We started talking about Haddricks Mill last month because we think this is a big and complex location in our city’s road network; and it warrants a proper debate and assessment. This process should be led by Newcastle council and their Councillors, combining their vision, policy and leadership with local knowledge and experience. Every debate starts with facts and figures, and setting out your position and views. Here is ours – on the needs of cycle infrastructure for priority, safety and comfort. In this article we will look at the six roads that the junction connects and look at what[…]

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