Newcastle City Council is encouraging people to take the bus during the Killingworth Road closures.
£10 weekly offers and extra bus lanes to prioritise public transport through key junctions are a number of the ways that the council is helping to reduce congestion on the network during the closure to a busy commuter route in the north of the city.
The A189 Killingworth Road was closed by Newcastle City Council on 20 July to through traffic as part of a £13.5m Metro bridge renewal and road-widening project with Nexus on a well-known pinch point on the network. The closure will be in place until Spring 2018.
To keep the network moving during this period the council worked closely with neighbouring local authorities, Nexus, bus operators and other partners including Highways England to help reduce congestion.
A key part of the plan was to introduce two-way bus lanes on Four Lane Ends and a bus lane on the Brunton Overbridge in Gosforth.
The council worked out new diversion routes with bus companies as well as changes to the network and additional buses to help public transport run to timetable during the closure.
Temporary bus lanes have been introduced on Benton Road on the north and southbound approaches to Four Lane Ends junction in North Tyneside to help buses run to time. They will play a significant role in ensuring the frequent replacement bus service (900) is prioritised through the Four Lane Ends junction when the Metro is disrupted for 34 days this month.
There will also be extra green time on traffic signals to improve traffic flow at peak periods, small changes to connecting junctions to cope with higher volumes of traffic and shutting Salters Bridge to ensure traffic doesn’t re-route through residential areas.
This work is part of Re-newcastle’s £60m of investment into Newcastle’s highways – the biggest investment in the city’s roads in over 30 years.