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Gateshead Council to roll out socially distanced streets

Jackson Street

Plans are now underway by Gateshead Council to help people shop locally and support Gateshead businesses to reopen safely. 

As government lockdown restrictions are being lifted, a range of social distancing measures are to be introduced into busy local shopping areas across Gateshead to help people shop locally and safely.  

Government has provided guidance to the Council asking them to ensure temporary measures are put in place quickly and where necessary to ensure social distancing can be maintained in shopping areas.  

The Council has identified areas where there is higher footfall and where space for pedestrians may be limited, making social distancing and queuing difficult.  

The temporary changes include marking out one-way pedestrian routes to ensure there is enough space for shoppers to queue and for others to pass safely, suspension of kerbside parking, removal of parking and loading bays, narrowing of streets and new signage.  Cones, barriers, signage and road markings are being used.  

The first phase of schemes to be put in place are: 

  • Birtley - removal of on-street parking and loading bays  
  • Coatsworth Road - narrowing the road making it one way and removal of parking bays 
  • Jackson Street - closed to general traffic with footways widened  
  • Low Fell - removal of on-street parking and loading bays  
  • Pelaw - removal of on-street parking on Shields Road  
  • Whickham - removal of some on-street parking on Front Street 
  • Winlaton - closure of Front Street to vehicular traffic west of Branch Street  
  • Wrekenton - Narrowing of northern end of High Street 

The changes will be monitored to see how effective they are with a view to any further changes being needed being based on feedback from local people, businesses, community groups and local councillors. 

Find out more about the schemes and give us your feedback

Councillor John McElroy, Gateshead Council cabinet member for Environment and Transport said:

"Helping our communities to shop safely and locally whilst supporting local businesses is our priority as we help the economic recovery of the pandemic in Gateshead, whilst at the same time protecting public health. 

"These are temporary measures in the first instance, but we will be working closely with people who live in the areas along with local businesses and councillors to continue to improve these measures based on feedback and need. 

"Please remember when you are out and about to do it safely and think of others.  Keep a 2m distance apart from others, wash your hands regularly and do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms - this virus has not gone away."

In coming weeks further work is being planned by the Council to install pop-up cycle lanes and additional walking routes where public transport capacity may be limited and cycle usage has increased.   

Cllr McElroy added:

"We've seen a significant increase in cycling and walking in recent months and we want to further encourage this healthier and greener way to get about Gateshead as we also look to continue to reduce our carbon emissions." 

 

Jackson Street
01 July 2020

Plans are now underway by Gateshead Council to help people shop locally and support Gateshead businesses to reopen safely. 

As government lockdown restrictions are being lifted, a range of social distancing measures are to be introduced into busy local shopping areas across Gateshead to help people shop locally and safely.  

Government has provided guidance to the Council asking them to ensure temporary measures are put in place quickly and where necessary to ensure social distancing can be maintained in shopping areas.  

The Council has identified areas where there is higher footfall and where space for pedestrians may be limited, making social distancing and queuing difficult.  

The temporary changes include marking out one-way pedestrian routes to ensure there is enough space for shoppers to queue and for others to pass safely, suspension of kerbside parking, removal of parking and loading bays, narrowing of streets and new signage.  Cones, barriers, signage and road markings are being used.  

The first phase of schemes to be put in place are: 

  • Birtley - removal of on-street parking and loading bays  
  • Coatsworth Road - narrowing the road making it one way and removal of parking bays 
  • Jackson Street - closed to general traffic with footways widened  
  • Low Fell - removal of on-street parking and loading bays  
  • Pelaw - removal of on-street parking on Shields Road  
  • Whickham - removal of some on-street parking on Front Street 
  • Winlaton - closure of Front Street to vehicular traffic west of Branch Street  
  • Wrekenton - Narrowing of northern end of High Street 

The changes will be monitored to see how effective they are with a view to any further changes being needed being based on feedback from local people, businesses, community groups and local councillors. 

Find out more about the schemes and give us your feedback

Councillor John McElroy, Gateshead Council cabinet member for Environment and Transport said:

"Helping our communities to shop safely and locally whilst supporting local businesses is our priority as we help the economic recovery of the pandemic in Gateshead, whilst at the same time protecting public health. 

"These are temporary measures in the first instance, but we will be working closely with people who live in the areas along with local businesses and councillors to continue to improve these measures based on feedback and need. 

"Please remember when you are out and about to do it safely and think of others.  Keep a 2m distance apart from others, wash your hands regularly and do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms - this virus has not gone away."

In coming weeks further work is being planned by the Council to install pop-up cycle lanes and additional walking routes where public transport capacity may be limited and cycle usage has increased.   

Cllr McElroy added:

"We've seen a significant increase in cycling and walking in recent months and we want to further encourage this healthier and greener way to get about Gateshead as we also look to continue to reduce our carbon emissions." 

 

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