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Traffic signals

Permanent traffic signals

All permanent traffic signals in Tyne and Wear are managed by Newcastle City Council's Highways and Traffic Signals Service. They provide a 24 hours a day, 365 days a year maintenance service (although only major faults will be actioned outside normal working hours).

For more information on traffic signals, including how to report a fault, please visit the traffic signals page (opens new window) on Newcastle City Council's website.

Temporary traffic controls

It is often necessary to use temporary controls to manage traffic and improve safety at road works. These may range from Stop or Go boards for simple works to temporary traffic signals for more significant ones. Contractors wanting to use any form of temporary traffic control on our highway network must obtain our permission in advance. We follow a national framework for these applications and our application form and associated guidance can be obtained by clicking the links below.

There is normally a charge for placing temporary traffic controls on the highway (this does not apply to statutory undertakers carrying out regulated activities). The amount will depend on what is being done and full details can be found on the council's Fees and Charges page. Higher charges will normally apply where officers need to make site visits or where we need to update the national noticing system on your behalf.


Contact us

Parking and Streetworks
Highways and Waste
Gateshead Council
Civic Centre
Regent Street

0191 433 3092