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Another warning for Tyne Bridge commuters

Long delays on the Tyne Bridge going north Credit: ITV News

Further delays are expected on the central motorway on Tyneside on Tuesday morning, after the introduction of temporary traffic lights in Gateshead.

The lights were put in place on Saturday on the approach to the Tyne Bridge.

Motorists are being warned to expect delays until the 30th November, when the upgrading will be completed.

Roadworks hell: 'short-term pain for long-term gain'

A spokesman for Newcastle City Council says the large number of roadworks on many of our major roads are necessary.

New temporary traffic lights on the Gateshead side of the Tyne Bridge caused massive delays for many rush-hour commuters this morning.

They coincide with major works to the A1 and many other roadworks taking place simultaneously.

Here is Tom Warburton, Director of Investment and Development, Newcastle City Council:

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Hour long rush hour delays

Motorists have reported hour long delays on the central motorway after the introduction of temporary traffic lights in Gateshead.

The lights were put in place on Saturday 15 November on the Oakwellgate Junction on the approach to the Tyne Bridge.

Motorists were warned delays would be likely and on the first rush hour morning since their introduction some reported tailbacks as far as Cowgate on the central motorway.

Gateshead Council says the temporary lights are the least disruptive solution to allow upgrading to take place at the junction. The alternative would require lane and possibly even full road closures.

The temporary lights will control all movements at the junction of the A167 and A184 for two weeks; until Sunday November 30.

Temporary traffic lights were put in place on Saturday Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

“This junction is one of the busiest in the region and the upgrade work is essential. Wherever possible we are working in ways that will minimise the impact to motorists but unfortunately on such a busy junction some delays are inevitable while the work is carried out. “We’re doing all we can to carry out as much work as possible during weekends in order to complete the improvements as quickly as we can. We’ve adjusted the schedule for this particular job to reduce the number of weekdays affected.”

– Victoria Beattie, Gateshead Council director of Construction Services
Queues were reported across the Tyne Bridge and along the Central Motorway Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The changes are to improve safety and ease journeys for pedestrians, cyclists and most motorists. The project is due to be completed by the end of December.

Motorists are being advised to consider using the Redheugh Bridge to cross the Tyne if possible.

The temporary lights will be in place for two weeks Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Campaign to end 'selfish' driving on region's roads

charity Brake says a fine for careless driving or speeding is issued in the North East every 11 minutes. Credit: PA

Almost half (49%) of primary school children in the North East say they have been hit or nearly hit by a vehicle while on foot or bike.

That's according to the road safety charity, Brake, which is launching a 'look out for each other' campaign in a bid to put an end to what they describe as 'selfish' driving across the North East.

In the last year, 76 people were killed and 726 seriously injured on the region's roads.

And a careless or speeding driver was stopped once every 11 minutes.

Figures compiled by Brake, and its partners the RSA and Specsavers to coincide with Road Safety Week which starts today reveal 46,359 fixed penalty notices were issued for 'careless driving' and speeding offences in the North East in 2013. A total of 45,823 were for speeding and 536 for careless driving (a fixed penalty newly introduced in August 2013).

Our officers and staff do a vital job in enforcing important safety laws and protecting the public on the roads.

Road Safety Week is a great opportunity for forces and partners to engage with their local communities to deliver important road safety messages and undertake enforcement activities in support of Brake's week.

– Chief Constable Suzette Davenport, Association of Chief Police Officers'

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Careless or speeding drivers stopped every 11 minutes

A penalty is given every 11 minutes to North East drivers for careless driving or speeding, according to research by the road safety charity, Brake.

In the last year, 76 people have been killed on the region's roads, with 726 suffering serious injuries.

Brake has launched a campaign, to co-incide with Road Safety Week which starts today, urging drivers to look out for each other, and to try to put an end to what they describe as 'selfish driving' across the North East.

When drivers use roads without care for others the consequences can be tragic and horrific - people killed and badly injured, lives ruined forever, because of a moment of impatience or selfishness.

At Brake we witness the suffering that results, daily, through our work supporting people affected by road death and injury.

And there are wider consequences if we don't look out for each other on roads - people afraid to walk and cycle or let their kids walk and cycle, and unable to get out and enjoy their community and live active lifestyles.

That's why, instead of making our streets stressful, risky places, we're asking all road users to look out for and protect each other, particularly the most vulnerable - that means drivers sticking to 20 or below in towns and villages, looking carefully at junctions, and being considerate.

– Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive, Brake

Drivers warned of dense fog dangers

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for fog in the North East. Credit: PA

Drivers in the North East have been warned about patches of dense fog causing hazardous conditions on the roads.

The Met Office has a yellow warning in place due to the fog which is affecting a swathe of the region.

In a statement, it said: "The public should be aware of the risk of some disruption to travel."

A number of local authorities in the north-east of England have issued warnings via Twitter.

Durham County Council said: "There's a Met Office yellow weather warning for fog in place until midday today. Please take care if you're out."

A spokeswoman for the Met Office said the fog has been caused by a combination of clearing skies, light winds and very moist ground.

But she said its density is varying due to local conditions.

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