Great North Road safety assessments

Katja Leyendecker made this Freedom of Information request to Newcastle upon Tyne City Council

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Katja Leyendecker

Dear Newcastle upon Tyne City Council,

Given the inherent dangers, hazards, discomforts, inconveniences and inequalities created to walking and cycling on Great North Road following council road works, I would like to request all reports relating to the assessment of road safety for these works, particularly, of course, for vulnerable road users (walking and cycling), such as audit, review and including the different stages.

Especially, but not exclusively
1) the left slip into Hollywood (cycling safety)
2) the right turn into Knightsbridge (which is now misused as u-turn by drivers) (walking and cycling safety)
3) shared walk/cycle surfaces at bus stops and junctions (walking safety, cycling convenience)
4) unprotected cycle lanes bulging out at Hollywood junction getting driven in (cycling safety)
5) effective width of cycle space (cycling comfort and inclusiveness/equality)
6) side-road cycle space protection (cycling safety)
7) 4-stage crossing for pedestrians, resulting in low compliance (walking convenience, hence compliance)

As council construction teams are still on site, I would like to think you can reconcile some of these hazards now. I am disappointed to note that the user hierarchy has yet again been ignored.

Yours faithfully,

Katja Leyendecker

Freedom Of Information Requests Mailbox, Newcastle upon Tyne City Council

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Katja Leyendecker

Dear Freedom Of Information Requests Mailbox,

The response to this request appears to have been delayed. Could you please give an indication when a reply is intended to be produced? This FoI relates to a routine health and safety matter for the council, as it is requesting standard road safety review documents which should be readily available - especially as the road works relating to the requested document have started, nearing completion.

Yours sincerely,

Katja Leyendecker

Freedom Of Information Requests Mailbox, Newcastle upon Tyne City Council

Dear Katja,

Please accept our apologies for the delayed response. I have asked our Highways team to respond to you as soon as possible.

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Freedom of Information Team

       

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Dear Newcastle upon Tyne City Council,

I hope you do not mind me prodding you - it has been a while. For the cycling community this is important, as new dangers have been created by the council design, which has now been built and is in operation.

When will the FoI be addressed? Is the report available or not? If not, please say so.

Yours faithfully,

Katja Leyendecker

Freedom Of Information Requests Mailbox, Newcastle upon Tyne City Council

Dear Katja
I have asked our Highways and Local Services team to respond to your request as soon as possible.
Please accept our apologies for the delay
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Freedom of Information team

       

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Dear Freedom Of Information Requests Mailbox,

The experience with your administration on this issue, was very disappointing indeed. Months later I now, after much emailing, reminding and asking (ie not available online), received the report and its appendix. Technically speaking, it is a very poor risk-assessment report, and I suggest you
1. examine your project brief you gave to the consultant (does it include the full scope of dangers)
2. depending on the project brief, examine the consultant's credentials
3. examine your own skills including project management and general professional work ethics

May I take this opportunity to remind you that the report was paid for by public money which, on my quick examination, you are tossing down the drains.

Yours sincerely,
Katja Leyendecker CEng EurIng