Was it worth it for just 18 inches?
So after 2 months of roadworks, the cutting down of 6 trees and a lot of scratching heads Lobley Hill Road is around 18 inches wider. Apprarently there are more traffic lights and news lane markings to come but after all that the road is still only 18inches wider. That’s not even wide enough for an extra bike lane never mind a new lane of traffic.
Now when the new lanes arrive in a couple of weeks time I suspect we can look forward to regular tailbacks on to the Lobley Hill Roundabout and beyond as slow moving trucks struggle up the hill. Currently there is an overtaking lane – but there won’t be in the future – just one long snake of slow moving traffic. Time will tell whether the Gateshead Council planners got it right or have scored a great own goal with these changes.