Tyne Dock gets the green-light for safety

New walking and cycling links in Tyneside have helped people negotiate the A194 and two of Tyneside’s busiest roundabouts
The challenge

The Port of Tyne in South Tyneside is a huge and busy commercial port. Its main entrance lies on a busy dual carriageway that links the town centre, Tyne Tunnel and other destinations in the North East. The route is direct and linked to excellent nearby traffic-free routes but at peak times heavy traffic made cycling and walking extremely dangerous.

The solution

The Tyne Dock scheme has provided substantial benefits - eliminating several dangerous road junctions and providing a safe crossing over a fast dual carriageway. Connecting national and local routes and providing a continuous safe route between two major Tyne Crossings for both commuting and leisure cyclists.

- Doug Ridgway

We created a safe traffic-free route that runs parallel to the main road. A new traffic-controlled roundabout makes the dock entrance safer for cyclists and helps control traffic along the whole road. Links to the town centre, nearby Metro and employment sites focus around a new Toucan crossing, giving local people a safe link to everyday destinations.

The difference

The new route has been incredibly popular, both for trips to work and for leisure. It has also improved existing cycling and walking links to schools in the area. Local school children helped design the artwork, resulting in some iconic structures that celebrate the area’s ship-building heritage. Over half of people using the route make this journey at least once a week and its estimated that the route saved 3,250 car trips in 2012.

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