At last common sense has prevailed and the Labour leadership of the Council has done a u-turn and backed down on their traffic changes in central Gateshead.
The Council had planned to do the following:
the closure of the northbound section of the Gateshead flyover to make it cycle only
the creation of new cycle routes in the Oakwellgate area and on the approaches to the Tyne Bridge
the removal of all traffic except for buses, cyclists and pedestrians from a section of Askew Road where it joins the Tyne Bridge
the elimination of buses and other traffic from the historic Bridges Quarter except for access and deliveries
However, after a public backlash - 5,000 people signed a petition against the works - they have now backed down. The flyover is expected to reopen to vehicles in the week beginning Monday, 3rd August.
Speaking to the Chronicle newspaper, Low Fell Councillor Daniel Duggan said: “I am glad Labour bosses at the council have done a U-turn on this. They got this badly wrong. The thousands of residents who made clear their opposition are to be congratulated.
“While we need to reduce air pollution, these works caused more pollution and the way the council went about this was completely wrong.
“Outrageously, they didn’t even consult the public. We need a council that listens. I am also raising questions with the council as to how much taxpayers’ money has been wasted on this.”
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