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Multi-vehicle accident in Blaydon causing delays

Five vehicles have been involved in a road traffic collision in Blaydon. It is not thought that anyone involved has been seriously injured, though fire crews are cutting one person free from a car.

People are advised to avoid the area due to delays - one Southbound lane on Chain Bridge road is closed.

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Traffic survey causes hours of delays

A183 Chester Rd this evening Credit: Tyne & Wear UTMC

Sunderland City Council has apologised to thousands of drivers who have experienced long delays because of a traffic survey in the city centre.

Surveyors have spent the day stopping vehicles in order to collate information including journey times and peak hours.

Several frustrated drivers took to social media:

Newcastle traffic is getting worse, says new survey

Traffic in Newcastle is getting worse, according to a survey by a satellite navigation company.

In the worst-congested cities evening rush-hour journeys are taking more than 70% longer than they would in free-flowing traffic, the poll by traffic information company TomTom found.

London was the next-worst city for hold-ups with average journeys taking 37% longer than in free-flowing traffic and 67% in the evening peak.

Overall, average journeys in the cities in 2014 took 29% longer than they would in free-flowing traffic - compared with a figure of 27% longer in 2013.

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