Newcastle Blue House: proven spare road capacity, green corridor and failing political system

Newcycling were taken aback by the plans for the Northern Access Corridor between Blue House to Haddricks. These are motorway-scale plans that do not belong in the heart of Newcastle. The project will damage communities and the economy. The road traffic along this corridor has actually substantially reduced, baselined against 2000, 2005, and 2010, see file attached below. Hence, the current plans make no sense. Furthermore, Newcastle needs to prioritise active travel to cement its regional status. A link to the full technical response is given below. Katja Leyendecker, chair of newcycling.org, says “People do not want to live on[…]

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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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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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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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‘Traffic lights are so dictatorial’ … but are roundabouts on the way out?

The Guardian (19/10/2015) – http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2015/oct/19/traffic-lights-roundabouts-way-out The article looks at two differing perspectives from the UK and the USA, largely focussing on vehicle traffic flow.  The dangers of roundabouts to pedestrians and cyclists is acknowledged.  Our Chair emphasises the point of implementing safer designs: In Newcastle, the double-roundabout at Haddricks Mill in South Gosforth has achieved notoriety among cyclists for its blind spots, narrow lanes and confusing road markings, as well as the speed and volume of cars, trucks and buses that pass through. Local cycling campaigner Kat Leyendecker calls it “the Mincer”: the site of 14 crashes, with 21 people[…]

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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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Newcastle council road plan kicks cycling out

Newcycling.org voices their concerns about council road plans. They call the plans a complete throw-back to the 1960’s of highway horrors. Cycling and walking is simply forgotten at the Haddricks Mill redesign by the council and their consultant WSP. The plan can be seen below. Katja Leyendecker, newcycling.org chair, says “It appears that Newcastle City Council have received go-ahead from Department of Transport to tear up an innercity roundabout and widen it to push more traffic through – all this is done in theoretical calculations and mathematical modelling terms, which do not account for transport transitions or mode shift. In[…]

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