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Roads into Teesside 'gridlocked' as work begins on A66

Queues of up to two hours have developed due to roadworks beginning on the A66 this morning.

Drivers are reportedly waiting in queues due to a contraflow system being in place as part of £2.3m road resurfacing works.

People have taken to twitter as roads into Teesside are "gridlocked" causing increased frustration for drivers.

The queues are spreading to Darlington Road through Elton, and the A171 between Thorpe Thewles and Stockton, which are also clogged up with vehicles trying to avoid queues on the A66 eastbound into Stockton.

The Highways Agency have announced £2.3m road resurfacing works between the Preston Farm and Elton junctions on the A66 westbound carriageway.

The westbound carriageway has been closed fully and traffic in both directions is sharing the eastbound lane.

According to their press release, delays can be expected for a month:

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Month of closures on A1 in Northumberland

Tonight sees the start of a month of overnight closures on the A1 near Berwick.

The road will be closed north of Haggerston as resurfacing work takes place.

The work will be carried out between Mondays and Thursdays, 8pm - 6.00am, starting the night of 29th September and finishing on 29th October 2014.

A local diversion will be in place, though this is unsuitable for wide loads, whose drivers are urged to avoid the area altogether.

An alternative diversion will take wide vehicles via the A697 Morpeth - Wooler - A698 Cornhill - A1 Berwick.

A1 weekend closures for motorway upgrade work

Drivers are being advised of A1 overnight weekend closures for motorway upgrade work in North Yorkshire.

The A1 in North Yorkshire will be closed overnight on Saturday, 27th September in both directions as part of major work to upgrade part of the A1 to a three-lane motorway.

The A1 and A1(M) will be closed northbound between junction 50 (Baldersby) and Scotch Corner, and southbound between Scotch Corner and junction 51 (Leeming), from 8pm on Saturday evening until 6am on Sunday morning in both directions.

The closures have been carefully planned to minimise disruption to drivers and will be put in place when traffic flows are at their lowest.

The work is to widen a 12 mile section of the A1 between Leeming and Scotch Corner, and to create an alternative route for local traffic. The scheme aims to unlock growth and boost the economy by creating a continuous motorway-standard route between London and Newcastle (including the M1 and A1M).

A1 road closure after two lorries crash

Police are currently dealing with a crash between two lorries on the A1.

It happened at 2:10pm today, Thursday, 25th September, near the Team Valley Trading Estate on the A1 Western Bypass northbound at Gateshead.

No-one was injured but the road is currently blocked.

Diversions are in place and motorists are advised there are traffic tailbacks in the area.

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Gosforth High Street could be first in region with red lines

Double yellow lines could be turned red in Gosforth Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A Newcastle street could be the first in the region to be painted with double red lines, if controversial plans get the go-ahead later.

The City Council wants to introduce the red lines to Gosforth High Street as part of a plan that includes a re-design of a bottleneck junction.

Planners say congestion will be eased, but campaigners are angry that lost parking spaces could discourage people from visiting the area.

North East secures £1m funding for 'greener' buses

Buses will be cleaner and greener in the North East after Newcastle and Sunderland City Councils received a £472,000 Government transport investment.

The Clean Vehicle Technology Fund pays for modifications to public service vehicles that will reduce 25% the amount of exhaust fumes emitted into the air in the city.

The money will adapt a fleet of 30 buses belonging to Go North East who are also investing more than £600,000 of their own money into the project.

The buses will travel from Newcastle city centre to Blyth in the north and Sunderland in the south.

This investment means the North East leads the way on introducing greener vehicles onto our local roads.

The new technology will improve fuel efficiency while reducing exhaust emissions which means less pollution in the atmosphere and cleaner air for everyone.

– Cllr Nick Forbes

Work to fit the equipment will start in March 2015.

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