Shopkeepers fear council proposals to transform Gosforth High Street in Newcastle into a ‘red route’ no stopping zone and halve the size of a car park would effectively “kill the high street”. Concerned members of a newly-formed campaign group have so far collected 600 signatures against the proposals which Newcastle city council is suggesting alongside a raft of measures to alleviate traffic problems on the busy road. If the red route gets the go-ahead from residents it could be in place by the autumn. STURR, which stands for Stop the Unnecessary Red Route in Gosforth, launched their campaign by installing placards and posters outside shop fronts and in gardens yesterday. Evening Chronicle 22nd Jan 2014
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- Option 1 – this proposal has a Red Route with cycle lanes at peak times and parking at other times.
- Option 2 – this proposal has a Red Route with all-day cycle lanes and all-day parking bays.
- Option 3 – do nothing and no changes will be made to the High Street.
- To see what these options are in detail, visit the Newcastle City Council Gosforth Transport Improvements page. This has full details and videos, plus leaflets you can download. The consultation runs until April 4th. http://www.newcastle.gov.uk/planning-and-buildings/transportation-developments/red-routes