UK: Newcastle City Council to Introduce New Bus Priority Measures

Newcastle City Council has announced that new bus priority measures are set to be installed on Gosforth High Street to improve public transport along the key bus route.

These plans will extend the bus lane on the northbound section of Gosforth High Street within the coming weeks.

This is expected to improve journey times and bus reliability on one of the busiest public transport routes from Newcastle.

Newcastle Bus Priority
The plans are part of a phased approach to Gosforth High Street

This work is an essential part of the proposed Enhanced Bus Partnership across the North East region which aims to improve bus reliability, services and fares.

Cllr Jane Byrne, cabinet member for a Connected, Clean City said:

“The plans we have put forward greatly improves bus services on a key bus route from the city, removes the bollards which people have asked us to do, as well as develops a long-term future for Gosforth High Street, to make it greener, more accessible and improves the look and feel of a key shopping area in the city.

“We’re taking a phased approach to this high street, with the immediate focus on improving bus priority measures as we want Newcastle to be a clean, connected city and having an efficient public transport network, particularly on one of the major routes from the city, is a key part of this and is part of our priorities to achieve net zero.”

Once the new bus priority measures are in place, longer-term proposals for the Gosforth area include improved cycle lanes and bike parking facilities and better-placed and upgraded bus stops.

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