State Member for Wallsend, Ms Sonia Hornery MP, has called on the Roads and Maritime Service to make plans to alleviate congestion on the road from Wallsend to Newcastle
This call comes after an accident on Newcastle Road eastbound involving two cars and a garbage truck early this morning.
This follows a reduction in the speed limit to address the high volume of traffic accidents on the corridor. However, as the western suburbs grow, congestion is expected to remain an issue for commuters and residents.
Quotes attributable to Member for Wallsend, Sonia Hornery
“Congestion on the Thomas Street/Newcastle Road/Griffiths Road stretch which connects Wallsend with Newcastle is reaching crisis levels.”
“As the western suburbs continue to grow, RMS needs to look at ways of reducing congestion in the long term.”
“Recent changes to local bus timetables and routes have thrown the public transport network into chaos, forcing more people onto the roads and exacerbating the problem.”
“Upcoming infrastructure projects, including Stage 5 of the Newcastle Inner City Bypass, will help but we need a more comprehensive approach.”
“The Government needs to look at the transport mix in the western suburbs of Newcastle.”
“With the reduction in the speed limit on the Thomas Street/Newcastle Road/Griffiths Road stretch proving that RMS is aware of the congestion issue, we need to see stronger long term planning.”
“Reducing congestion on this road will help to relieve traffic pressures across the western suburbs and across Newcastle.”