1. ITV Report

Newcastle Council abandons plans for new Town Moor roundabout

Newcastle City Council have said they will not be going ahead with proposed changes to one of the city's busiest roundabouts.

The Council had published plans to significantly expand the Blue House roundabout, north of the city centre. Opponents said the plans were excessive, and would destroy a section of the protected Town Moor.

The Council said:

We would like to make it clear that the council will not be taking forward the outline designs for Blue House or the proposed banned right turn from Jesmond Dene Road onto Osborne Road.

The council said they are still committed to making changes at Blue House to improve safety and to better manage traffic.

Cllr Ged Bell, Cabinet Member for Investment and Development has said:

The pre-consultation exercise has stimulated a lot of debate about important changes we need to make. We’ve said all along that something needs to be done and the feedback has confirmed that. People have come together to express their concerns and there’s been significant public opposition to our outline designs.

We will now pause these schemes. We’ll be inviting representatives from a number of groups to help us review alternative proposals, while considering all the feedback from the pre-consultation period – before we take forward final proposals.”

– Cllr Ged Bell, Cabinet Member for Investment and Development