Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Street's Transformation Is Complete - Now It's on to the Next Phase

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Street's Transformation Is Complete - Now It's on to the Next Phase

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Byline: Sonia Sharma Reporter

APS1.7M scheme to transform a Newcastle city centre street has been completed.

A feature of the new-look John Dobson Street is a segregated two-way cycle lane, with signals at junctions to make it easier and safer for people on bikes.

Work to link up with cycle routes nearby will also be carried out early next year.

John Litherland, chairman of the Newcastle Cycling Stakeholder Forum, said: "It's great to see our first 21st century cycling infrastructure in the centre of Newcastle.

"The completion of John Dobson Street provides a safe, quick route between St Mary's Place and Market Street.

"Cycling is growing already in the city. With more investment like this cycling can become a major means of transport in Newcastle."

Bus users are also starting to benefit, the council says, with new bus stops and more reliable journey times since the introduction of the bus lane between St Mary's Place and Ridley Place.

This means the route in and out of the street for some motorists has changed but vehicles can still get to and from car parks and businesses by taking Durant Road from the Central Motorway.

And improved traffic light technology means the flow of vehicles can be managed more effectively.

In addition, there is a new boulevardstyle layout, with widened pavements, a tree-lined pedestrian area along the centre and improved crossing points.

Coun Ged Bell, cabinet member for investment and development at the city council, said: "The transformation of John Dobson Street is the first stage in our plans to make the city centre safer and more accessible for everyone.

"By changing how we use the area along John Dobson Street we have been able to free up space for people to walk and cycle in a safe and welcoming environment while also achieving improvements for people who use public transport and who drive. …

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