1. Having read this interesting contribution I wonder if the blue house group need to take a step back and allow time to evaluate data from recent road changes in Newcastle, ( Salters road, Cowgate etc), and consider other options such as optimising different forms of public transport , including the price of fares combined across bus and metro, contactless technology with daily/weekly caps on fares ( like transport for London), and maybe even trying closing bus lanes along the great north road combined with changes in speed limits. At peak times there seems to be a lot of school traffic; have local schools being approached to provide a school bus, more walk to school scheme? As the data used to support the need of major change at the blue house roundabout, ( the location of accidents, the knock on effect on other roads and the ‘ expected future increase in traffic’ ), is not at this time very detailed or available, there seems to be time to pilot different solutions rather than execute a permanent solution that may not be appropriate.

  2. As someone who comes into Newcastle on business frequently, but nearly always by bike or metro, hardly ever by car, I really resent Brown’s attempt to imply that “business users” are car dependent. The last thing I’d want is to see the council ripping out bus lanes. The traffic reduction at central station is a good thing, really amazed that Brown doesn’t understand this.

    The references to shared space schemes in Netherlands and London seem out of place when we are discussing a major urban bus corridor.

    Nothing wrong with calling with better pricing for public transport but hardly a reason for more delay on infrastructure projects. Yes the city needs to monitor the impact of what it does but also has to deliver infrastructure far more quickly than it has been doing. Giant land intensive roundabouts clearly aren’t acceptable in 21st Century Newcastle which leaves few options other than traffic lights.

  3. It strikes me that all Nick Brown is suggesting is that we look at what has worked elsewhere, before we leap into action with uncertain outcomes. I find it difficult to believe that anyone would have a problem with that; also the notion that we might learn from schemes designed to alleviate congestion elsewhere in Newcastle is entirely sensible. I simply don’t think there is enough information in the public domain for people to talk reasonably about the impact the changes have had at the Central Station, we will all have a personal view, but if we are concerned at the impact on the majority of users then perhaps we might just take time to stand back and let an evaluation take place. The problems that exist at the Blue House and at South Gosforth have been there for some time – lets not pretend there is some kind of urgent crisis driven need for immediate action. Evaluation is not inaction, its acting in a measured way to evaluate the evidence, not opinion, to ensure that a City which is hard pressed for cash does not waste it on traffic schemes that will need to be redone.

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