Our transformation of John Dobson Street is completed.

The project has delivered:

  • A new segregated, two-way cycle track, with dedicated signals at junctions for cyclists.
  • A boulevard-style layout, with widened pavements, a tree-lined pedestrian area along the centre and improved crossing points for pedestrians.
  • Relocated bus stops and more reliable journey times for passengers travelling on services along John Dobson Street.
  • Improved traffic light technology to manage the flow of vehicles more effectively and avoid queues building up.
  • A more attractive and welcoming environment for people and nearby businesses.

The work was funded by the Department for Transport’s Cycle City Ambition Fund, which is aimed at developing routes and encouraging more people to cycle.

It is part of our wider £60m Re-newcastle programme, which is seeing the biggest investment in the city’s infrastructure in over 30 years.

Through Re-newcastle we are renewing and upgrading key roads and junctions across the city to develop more effective and efficient transport networks which enable people to travel more easily.

By improving transport networks we are also helping to improve the health of the city by reducing air pollution caused by congestion and by making it easier for people to choose more active ways to travel, such as walking and cycling.

The changes on John Dobson Street include the introduction of a bus lane restriction, which is in force between the junctions of St Mary’s Place and Ridley Place.

The restriction means that cars can no longer drive along the section of John Dobson Street between those junctions, by turning into John Dobson Street from St Mary’s Place or continue along John Dobson Street north of Ridley Place towards the Civic Centre.

Motorists are instead advised to travel to and from John Dobson Street via Durant Road.

Following the introduction of the restrictions on this section of John Dobson Street bus services using this route have seen a 14 per cent improvement in journey time reliability.

Important information on bus lane restrictions on John Dobson Street

As of August 2015, restrictions were introduced in this location which prevents certain vehicles using the northern section of John Dobson Street. This means that unauthorised vehicles are no longer permitted to travel along John Dobson Street north of Ridley Place in either direction, in order to turn on to St Mary’s Place. Unauthorised vehicles are also prevented from turning into John Dobson Street from St Mary’s Place.

At present, the vehicles classed as authorised in this location are as follows; public service buses, private hire and hackney taxis, emergency vehicles and motorcycles. Other vehicles are now unauthorised.

If you drive a taxi or private hire vehicle, please contact the Council on 0191 277 2739 to find out how to provide proof of the licensed vehicle.

The introduction of this bus lane restriction is just one element of our more than £1m investment, and the way in which cars access John Dobson Street and the businesses around it has changed. All of the businesses and retailers on and around John Dobson Street can still be reached, including the NCP car park and shops on Ridley Place, however for private cars and other non-authorised vehicles, this now means coming from the south of John Dobson Street via the Durant Road or Swan House junctions with the Central Motorway East. Go here for more information on bus lane enforcement.

Page last updated: 
14 September 2017
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