The thoughtful and constructive contributions of the Blue House Roundabout Working Group members, has helped the independent chair of the group, John Dales, to come to a recommendation for Newcastle City Council.
That recommendation and the rationale that underpins it is set out below.
Drawings A and B, below, set out the scope of change recommended at the Blue House junction in the immediate future (A), and how this could be further built upon in the future to increase traffic capacity (B). These layouts have arisen from an iterative design process involving scrutiny by the Working Group and traffic modelling to understand capacity issues.
Further modelling work is now needed to develop a detailed design and ensure that change at Blue House does as much as possible to improve road safety and enable walking, cycling and bus travel, while providing sufficient capacity for general traffic.
In addition, Drawing C sets out the recommended changes for Jesmond Dene Road as far as the junction with Matthew Bank. The layout allows vehicles to make all turns at the Osborne Road junction, and includes a new signalised pedestrian crossing facility across the Osborne Road arm.
To provide a better level of service for people walking, the signalised junction with Moorfield should be modified and a new, signalised walking/cycling crossing should be installed just west of the Friday Fields path. Protected tracks and other measures to enable cycling are also recommended.
On 12th March 2018, John Dales, Independent Chair of the Blue House Working Group, hosted a public meeting where he and members of the Working Group presented the Group’s recommendations and the principles that underpin them, to an audience of over 200 local residents and stakeholders.
The presentation material shown on the night can be downloaded below.