Officers involved in this scheme visited a number of wards surrounding the West Road during April and May last year. The minutes of ward committee meetings that were attended can be read by clicking on the appropriate link:
Benwell Scotswood (pdf, 102Kb)
Blakelaw (pdf, 97Kb)
Denton and Westerhope (pdf, 94Kb)
Fenham (pdf, 114Kb)
Lemington (pdf, 103Kb)
Newburn (pdf, 109Kb)
Westgate (pdf, 3Mb)
As well as ward committee meetings officers also held drop-in sessions and have produced a report based on comments received. View the report (pdf, 46Kb)
Why improve the West Road?
As Newcastle's busiest bus route, West Road is the best choice for public transport improvements in the city
We'd like to make West Road a cleaner, greener place to shop, eat, live and enjoy
Government money is on offer to improve major public transport routes
We can make a real difference to West Road - similar schemes such as the new Eldon Square Bus Station have already made positive changes for bus users
Improvements will make buses quicker, more reliable and easier to use - we don't want people in Newcastle to miss out on these benefits
Improving public transport is a priority for the Council and we will continue to improve routes in other parts of the city
The Route Forward
We're looking to bid for £13 million of government funding to give bus users, pedestrians, shoppers and businesses the West Road they deserve.
This money is part of a pot set aside for improving public transport in Tyne and Wear. West Road is one of the busiest bus routes in the whole of Tyne and Wear but at the moment it has little measures to improve service along this route. Looking at the whole length from the A1 junction to St James' Boulevard will allow us to make the changes we need to make sure this route continues to act as a key interchange for people, goods and services.
What we aim to achieve
We want to see buses running more reliably and efficiently, with less congestion and shorter journey times - plus easier parking if you use a car to get to the shops. Businesses will also benefit from easier loading and access.
The scheme will also help to cut CO2 emissions for a cleaner, greener road - better for local communities and better for the environment.
The route ahead will take some careful planning and we'd like to share our ideas and invite you to support this bid.
What the scheme would do
Improve the road layout, to help public transport run on time
Improve the shopping experience with new parking spaces, bays for loading and servicing, better cycle parking, pedestrian areas and crossings
Improve the look and feel of the road, to help businesses make the most of their location and raise everyone's enjoyment of the street
What the scheme won't do
Create a park and ride service
Add lots of traffic to the surrounding area - we have studied the road system carefully and will be taking steps to avoid creating new rat-runs.
If you have any questions about the scheme proposals please feel free to contact Jon Higgins on 0191 211 6012 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org