Local Elections 2022

Elections for Newcastle City Council are due to be held on 5 May 2022. This blog looks at what has happened since the local elections in 2021, and what local candidates and political parties are offering now. We have looked at local election manifestos as these are where the parties set out what they want to achieve and how they will prioritise resources to achieve it.   Read more [...]

We still love Gosforth High Street

It is now over eighteen months since wands were installed on Gosforth High Street as part of the Council's response to Covid. This blog looks beyond the look and feel of the wands, focusing instead on their impact on traffic volumes, air pollution and road safety, and suggests specific actions that could be taken to help the High Street thrive in future. Read more [...]

How much less will we use our cars in future?

In March 2020, the Secretary of State for Transport said "Public transport and active travel will be the natural first choice for our daily activities. We will use our cars less and be able to rely on a convenient, cost-effective and coherent public transport network." This begs the question how much less will we use our cars? Read more [...]

Traffic Crash Injury 2021

This is our third blog sharing local media stories about people killed or injured in road traffic collisions in Newcastle upon Tyne. In 2021 there have been two fatalities and over seventy serious injuries on Newcastle's roads.

Serious injury and death on the roads is not inevitable. To a large extent, injuries from road traffic collisions are the result of political choices that have prioritised saving a few seconds on a journey over people's wellbeing and safety. When we see articles praising Read more [...]

No more road deaths, no more serious injuries

Traffic engineering is frequently a compromise between vehicle speeds and people's safety. Higher speed limits and multi-lane junctions allow traffic to pass more quickly but, when collisions happen, people are more likely to be hurt and their injuries are likely to be worse.

Many of us will be aware of Layton Darwood (age 5), Melissa Tate (age 10), George ‘Geordie’ Bilclough, Emma Guilbert, Ann and Lawrence Nickerson, and many others who have been killed in recent years in Newcastle Read more [...]

Bollards

Controversies sell papers, so it is hardly surprising that changes that restrict traffic are labelled 'controversial' or 'divisive', or are called 'bans' even though they nothing of the sort.  Consultations designed to let residents share their views are wrongly described as 'votes' where opposing sides 'row'. In Gosforth we have even seen potentially criminal attempts to influence the outcome of a recent consultation.

In this blog we look at the so-called controversial low traffic neighbourhoods Read more [...]

Newcastle City Council Elections 6 May 2021

The delayed elections for Newcastle City Council and for the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner are due to be held on 6 May 2021. These were originally due to be held in 2020 but were postponed by the Government because of Covid-19.

This blog looks at what has happened since the last local elections in 2019, and what local candidates and political parties are offering now. Read more [...]