Gosforth High Street – your views

Following the publication of our view, and in no particular order, here is a selection of what some of you have said so far. More views added on 3 April 2014, go to 20 onwards. Keep writing. Every letter counts. Contact us with your questions. ###### 1 ###### Having just looked through the proposals for the redevelopment of Gosforth High St I would like to make my support known for the ‘Option 2’ plan, (the one with the two way cycle path). This is far superior to option one which is very poor and will likely not be very well[…]

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Gosforth High Street – our view

Yesterday, Newcastle City Council published two options for the future of Gosforth High Street. The third option would be to simply carry on and change nothing – but given the poor state of the high street’s public realm, its car dominance and people unfriendliness, it’s not a real option. Back to Option 1. It presents the usual ‘traditional’ road scheme with a token effort lobbed in for cycling: advisory cycle lanes ending at every bus stop (and there are many), thereby putting public transport and cycling in conflict – when both of these modes should be celebrated and catered for[…]

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Great North Road plans – in detail

We reported to you about council plans for Great North Road. The same principles still stand, you can read about it here. We had asked council for a meeting and clarification and there was no interest expressed by them to engage with us. This meant, after a period of waiting for a sign of cooperation, that we felt obliged to object to the scheme as it stands despite some good elements of it. Let’s remind ourselves again, that Great North Road is part of council’s plan to create seven Strategic Cycle Routes, which we took to mean that design on[…]

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Gosforth Corridor Scheme Proposed Cycle Lanes

13 February 2014 Sent to: Councillors from three wards, Newcastle North MP, cycle officer We SUPPORT IN PRINCIPLE the creation of cycle-specific space on Great North Road, but we do question the adequacy of the strength of separation that’s proposed. We’d suggest that a cycle lane (space solely separated by a painted line) currently planned for West side (north of Park Avenue to Broadway) is not enough on a fast busy road like Great North Road that has an 85%ile speed of 37mph and two-way traffic flow of between 20,000 and 30,000 daily (up to or over 3,000 hourly peak).[…]

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Gosforth Corridor Scheme TRO

31 January 2014 Sent to: Councillors from three wards, Newcastle North MP, Cabinet Transport Cllr Ged Bell, cycle champion Cllr Marion Talbot, council officers (various) Dear all In the light of what’s been presented and the lack of communication leading up to the traffic order being issued, we feel obliged to OBJECT to the proposal as it stands. This is on the grounds of vehicle movement and road / junction capacity being negligently the sole design priority for this scheme, at the expense of walking / cycling safety, attractiveness of place and long-term environmental factors (air, noise) that can only[…]

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Great North Road – council planning

Two stretches of the Great North Road seem set to get a ‘hybrid cycle lane’ – that’s space separated from traffic. The separation method is still under debate and we hope to be involved in these discussions. All that is good. But as for every route, the proof is in the route continuity and space clarity. And here is where we are let down again by our council. The Cycle City Ambition may have started to crumble. Funding is complex So. Newcastle City Council has released plans for Gosforth’s Great North Road (GNR) – section Broadway in the North, down[…]

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CCAF September 2013

Back in April Newcastle City council published their bid for the Cycle City Ambition Fund (CCAF) and in August nearly £6million was awarded to the council. This money has to be converted into changes on the ground by 2015. A tall ask! Newcastle’s bid promises stretches along four of the seven Strategic Cycle Routes (SCRs) to be completed, see below. It also includes the north-south link between Newcastle and Gateshead (Great North Cycleway) linking student accommodation at Gateshead’s Trinity Square to the campuses in Newcastle. Road and street environments in a number of communities are also to be improved for[…]

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Gosforth and GNR

We remain concerned about Newcastle City Council’s plans for Gosforth. As there are various outstanding questions https://newcycling.org/gosforth-transport-corridor-proposals) – and we haven’t heard from them for months. Yet the devil is undoubtedly in the detail. In order to inspire – maybe it’s inspiration that’s needed – we’ve put together some roadscapes. Council, are you listening? This is what GNR could look like. Bus stops may require some further thoughts. But this is not insurmountable. For comparison the dreary reality of car-centricism, dreadful walking, and no bike provision whatsoever. This is a double-lane 30mph stretch with known speeding (hence the speed camera).[…]

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Gosforth transport corridor proposals

To: Gary Macdonald (Newcastle City Council) Cc: Harvey Emms, Cllr Nigel Todd, Cllr Henry Gallagher, Cllr Bill Shepherd (all Newcastle City Council), Bill Dodds (vice-chair of Forum) Hello Gary GOSFORTH CYCLE SAFETY FUND It’s good to see resources and funds being pooled to develop an area much in need of a make-over, yet it does remain unclear to us why Gosforth High Street should require a bypass for “less experienced cyclists”. Please note that the DfT bid document calls them more aptly “new cyclists”. Does the council want to push cyclists out of the way? Gosforth High Street is part[…]

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Gosforth – Joint ward commitee meeting – have your say

Joint Parklands, East and West Gosforth ward committee to find out about the proposals for cycling in Gosforth. This is the event re-run, not to be confused with the previous event that council officers could not attend due to weather, We hope members can come along, give their support and help make Gosforth a better place for all. Contact Anne.Clark@newcastle.gov.uk (council cycling officer) or Victoria.Powell@newcastle.gov.uk (ward coordinator) for further information. We’ve requested to see the plans a while back, but disappointingly we have not received any to date (9 February 2013). Here’s a summary we’ve been given by Bill. The[…]

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