Hundreds of protesters gather in anger at plans for Newcastle roundabout changes

Around 1,000 protesters gather in anger at plans for Bluehouse roundabout changes Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Newcastle Council have released a statement as hundreds gather to protest on Newcastle's Town Moor at plans to significantly expand the Blue House roundabout, north of the city centre.

“The only certainty here is that something needs to be done.

For years this junction has suffered with congestion and delays and it is the second worst location in the city for injuries caused by road traffic collisions, we have a duty to put this right. Our city’s future prosperity depends on us providing the supporting infrastructure to enable growth, and we’ve secured Government funding to invest in our transport network.

To do nothing or to scrap plans that will make significant improvements is simply not an option.

What we will do though, and we have said we will do all along, is to use feedback to re-shape proposals and then formally consult on these.

We encourage those who haven’t done so yet to have their say, and they can do so here

– Cabinet Member for Investment and Development at Newcastle City Council, Cllr Ged Bell
Protest taking place near Gosforth on the Town Moor Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Opponents say they are excessive, and would destroy a section of the protected Town Moor.

Read more about the plans here