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Newcastle junction project set to improve cycling and pedestrian access

Posted on Wednesday 13th September 2023

A scheme to improve cycling and pedestrian access around a main road junction in Newcastle-under-Lyme begins on Monday September 18.

The Gallowstree roundabout works will improve walking and cycling connections between Keele University and Stoke-on-Trent railway station.

It is being funded by Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council through the Government’s Town Deal and is set to be completed by November 3.

A new toucan crossing will be installed on the northern arm of Gallowstree roundabout on Cemetery Road in addition to widening and resurfacing of the footpath on Keele Road. Cemetery Road will be resurfaced and new signs and road markings laid out.

While work takes place, temporary traffic management will be in place. This will include two-way lights on Cemetery Road with lane closures and two-way lights on the eastern section of Keele Road.

There will also be lane closures around the roundabout and a closure of Cemetery Road will be needed while resurfacing takes place from the week beginning October 30.

Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport David Williams said:

We’re improving the cycling network across the county working with borough and district partners and other organisations.

This scheme will form part of the walking and cycling route between Keele University and Stoke-on-Trent station, providing a safe connection and promoting active travel, in addition to helping to reduce carbon emissions.

There will be some traffic management in place while work is carried out so we’d like to thank people in advance for their understanding.”

Stephen Sweeney, deputy leader of Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council and cabinet member for finance, town centres and growth, said:

We are committed to keeping Newcastle town centre a busy and vibrant destination day and night.

Developing walking and cycling ways, especially on the busy routes to and from Keele University and Stoke train station, is an integral part of that approach to improve connections and make the town centre more easily accessible.”

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