Category Archives: Blue House

Killingworth Road – Metro Bridge Replacement

Newcastle City Council has announced the start of the works to replace the Killingworth Road Metro bridge and widen Killingworth Road. From 20 July 2017 for up to nine months, Killingworth Road will be shut to all traffic including people walking and cycling. Salters Bridge and Castle Farm Road will also be shut to motor traffic. Read more [...]

SPACE’s 2016: some things old, new, borrowed and BLUE

Blue House, Gosforth High Street, electric bikes, guest speakers and much much more - a year in the life of SPACE for Gosforth! 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 [...]

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 [...]

Blue House and Jesmond Dene Road Working Group | Meeting #6

The Blue House and Jesmond Dene Road Working group met on Monday 12th December.  The notes from the meeting have been uploaded to the working group's website. As with all our meetings, there has been 100% attendance from all of the groups invited, which highlights the importance and acceptance of the process that Newcastle City Council has adopted.  Not forgetting that everyone is also volunteering their time and clearly cares about the outcome. At our sixth meeting we covered the following: Read more [...]

Blue House Measures of Success Part 2 | People Movement

In our second article covering the 'Measures of Success' for the Blue House junction and Jesmond Dene Road we examine criteria to enable People Movement, specifically: Quality of provision for walking Quality of provision for cycling Quality of provision for buses We have focused on these three areas as they conform with Newcastle City Council's policy regarding  hierarchy of users discussed in our previous article on 'Compliance with Adopted Policies'.  SPACE will discuss vehicle Read more [...]

Blue House and Jesmond Dene Road Working Group | Meeting #5

The Blue House and Jesmond Dene Road Working group met on Monday 28th November.  The notes from the meeting have been uploaded to the working group's website. This was our fifth meeting so here's a quick recap of what we've covered already (not in any particular order or priority). From an education and understanding perspective, we've learnt about: City Council policies and how they must be used to influence the design The mechanisms for funding transport plans Data covering collisions, Read more [...]

Blue House Measures of Success Part 1 | Policies

The Blue House and Jesmond Dene Road junctions need to change - to improve safety, to encourage more people to walk and cycle, to reduce air pollution - but how can we compare alternative proposals for these junctions?   This is the first of three posts covering potential success criteria that can be used to evaluate alternative proposals. The full list of potential criteria is listed in our write up of the second working group meeting.  In this first post the criteria we are looking at are: Read more [...]

Blue House and Jesmond Dene Road Working Group | Meeting#2 – 3/10/2016

The second meeting of the Blue House working group took place on Monday 3rd October 2016. A dedicated website has been developed by the Newcastle University's Digital Civics team who are assisting the Newcastle City Council and the working group members.  This website, http://bluehousegroup.org/ has been set up to record the Blue House discussions and to hold supporting documents to the process.  The site is a public site where you are free to add comments or ask questions at the end of the Read more [...]