The North East’s hidden heritage

This is a guest blog by local journalist Carlton Reid. The wide, smooth and kerb-delineated cycleway on John Dobson Street is believed by many to be the first and finest such infrastructure in the North East for people on bikes. It’s the finest but it’s not the first. Read on to discover how the North East was once a leader in providing for cyclists and how Carlton wants to bring these historic routes back into use. Read more [...]

Eagle Star House

SPACE for Gosforth received a letter from one of our members in relation to a planning ‘Notification for Prior Approval’ to convert Eagle Star House at the Regent Centre from offices to housing and a potential opportunity to make the currently very busy east-west route between local schools safer for children's travel. We are very grateful to the author for kindly agreeing to allow us to publish the letter and associated graphics. Read more [...]

Children’s Safety – School Crossing Patrols

Dear Councillor Nick Forbes and Ms Pat Ritchie, We are writing to urge you to reconsider the decision made on 1 March 2017 to remove all but two of Newcastle's School Crossing Patrols. Whilst we understand that difficult decisions must be made as a consequence of a reduced budget, we feel that children's safety in particular should be considered a priority. Read more [...]

Blue House and Jesmond Dene Road Working Group | Meeting #7

The Blue House and Jesmond Dene Road Working group met on Monday 13th March. The Agenda for the seventh meeting included: Feedback from group members Principal options for the Blue House Junction Proposals for Jesmond Dene Road and Ilford Road Construction materials for new paths on the Town Moor The notes from the meeting have been uploaded to the working group’s website, the main points of which are summarised below along with some additional context. If you have any Read more [...]

Killingworth Road Gas Works 27-31 March 2017

Due to essential gas works, Killingworth Road will be closed northbound from Monday 27th March for up to 5 days, and then for a longer period later in the year when the Metro bridge is due to be replaced. For those that wish to (or have to) drive the advice is to leave extra time for your journey. Below are some alternative options if you don't need to take your car. Coming from the north by car, there are Park and Ride sites at: Metro Park and Ride at Kingston Park and Read more [...]

Choo! choo! It’s the Gosforth Bike Train!

A Bike Train is a led ride along safe routes, and the idea is that it shows people a good route to work to get them started commuting by bike. I heard that GoSmarter was running a Bike Train from Kingston Park through Gosforth to Quorum business park and decided to try it out. I checked out the route and timetable online. I registered for the Bike Train, joining at my nearest stop which was Regent Centre, and received a confirmation email. The journey On the morning of the Read more [...]

Zoe the Guide Dog reviews Salters Road Junction

In October 2016 SPACE for Gosforth arranged a review of recent changes to the Salters Road / Gosforth High Street junction with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association , engineers from Newcastle City Council and Zoe the Guide Dog. Read more [...]

Pollution Update – February 2017

In previous posts we looked at air quality data on Gosforth High Street and on Jesmond Road in the run up to Christmas last year, which showed a marked increase in pollution after Black Friday, 25 November 2016. In this post we look at what has happened to air quality at these sites since then. Read more [...]

Blue House Working Group – Through Routes in Residential Areas

At our last Blue House Working Group Meeting in December 2016, the representatives from the various groups were asked to discuss and consult with their respective memberships on the potential impact of people taking short cuts (aka "rat running") through residential streets to avoid the junction and stay on the main roads.  SPACE are aware of other residential streets around Gosforth that are known "rat runs" however, as requested, we are considering residential streets that are likely to be impacted Read more [...]

Black Friday Part 2 – Newcastle City Centre

In this post we look at the City Centre Air Quality Management Area (AQMA), including equivalent figures from the air quality monitor sited at Jesmond Road, 150m west of the Osborne Avenue traffic lights, to see how this compares to Salters Road and whether the recent increase in air pollution is replicated there. Read more [...]