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Council acts on feedback to cycling and walking plans

News update

Roadworks to bring new cycling and walking routes to Gateshead town centre are to change following public feedback.  

The Gateshead flyover will reopen to north bound traffic next week as soon as it is practical and safe and to enable further consultation and analysis of traffic flow data to take place.  

Work had begun this week to introduce new road layouts to the town centre to meet increasing demand for more cycling and walking space and in preparation to help meet air quality targets which we are required to do by the Government early in the new year.  

Gateshead Council Leader, Martin Gannon said: "We've listened to the concerns raised by the public in the last few days and taken action to reopen the flyover. We need to take stock of the impact and have the opportunity for more and better consultation with residents and other road users.  

"Clearly, we have tried to do too much, too quickly. From the start of this work which is temporary and experimental we've said we wanted feedback and we've listened to what is being said. The recent changes were designed to test road layouts which may be required to meet the clean air requirements set by government whist traffic is at lower levels following lockdown.  

"Air quality is a real problem and we know we are going to have to make bold changes to manage traffic on the approach to the Tyne Bridge. Further consultation is needed as working together on a solution to address this major issue is important. We are already meeting with local campaigners to understand the issues and involve them in this process.   

"While we are still managing the demands of Covid-19, we cannot forget that the climate change emergency and poor air quality are both major factors affecting the health of our local communities. Car journeys make a significant impact on air quality and we know we need to encourage and support people to use alternative means of travel if we are to improve air quality in Gateshead." 

News update
29 July 2020

Roadworks to bring new cycling and walking routes to Gateshead town centre are to change following public feedback.  

The Gateshead flyover will reopen to north bound traffic next week as soon as it is practical and safe and to enable further consultation and analysis of traffic flow data to take place.  

Work had begun this week to introduce new road layouts to the town centre to meet increasing demand for more cycling and walking space and in preparation to help meet air quality targets which we are required to do by the Government early in the new year.  

Gateshead Council Leader, Martin Gannon said: "We've listened to the concerns raised by the public in the last few days and taken action to reopen the flyover. We need to take stock of the impact and have the opportunity for more and better consultation with residents and other road users.  

"Clearly, we have tried to do too much, too quickly. From the start of this work which is temporary and experimental we've said we wanted feedback and we've listened to what is being said. The recent changes were designed to test road layouts which may be required to meet the clean air requirements set by government whist traffic is at lower levels following lockdown.  

"Air quality is a real problem and we know we are going to have to make bold changes to manage traffic on the approach to the Tyne Bridge. Further consultation is needed as working together on a solution to address this major issue is important. We are already meeting with local campaigners to understand the issues and involve them in this process.   

"While we are still managing the demands of Covid-19, we cannot forget that the climate change emergency and poor air quality are both major factors affecting the health of our local communities. Car journeys make a significant impact on air quality and we know we need to encourage and support people to use alternative means of travel if we are to improve air quality in Gateshead." 

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