Acorn Road cycle-friendly shopping area

Posted on 29/08/2014 at 16:35

Included in the Cycling City Ambition Fund is up to £350,000 to spend transforming Acorn Road into a cycle-friendly shopping area. This would mean making changes to the road layout to reduce traffic and improving the environment for people walking or cycling there. We have two illustrations that we need your views on. Illustration 1 shows Acorn Road as a one-way street with widened pavements and safer crossings. Illustration 2 shows the current two-way system, with improved crossing to increase safety.

We would like your views on the illustrations, to tell us which would work best in Acorn Road.

Illustration 1:  Approx cost £350,000

A one-way system with cycling contra flow and raised central area to keep footpath and roads level and raised junctions

Here we can see Acorn Road as a one-way street, with a raised central area which means the footpaths and the roads are level – making it easier for cyclists, pedestrians, wheel chair users and parents/carers with pushchairs to get around. A 20mph speed limit would be introduced, slowing down traffic in this area, making it more appealing for cyclists. A one-way street means we can widen the pavements – allowing more public seating areas, space for pavement cafes and make the area more attractive with landscaping. With reduced vehicles numbers, less vehicle pollution and the public space enhancements, this would create an area for shoppers, visitors, residents and cyclists to all enjoy. Car parking will be reduced by 10 spaces, and there will be no vehicle access from west to east of the road (St Georges Terrace to Osborne Road), but cyclists would eb able to travel in both directions.

Illustration 2 A £189,000

Keeps the current two-way system with raised crossing at junctions and side roads.

Here we can see Acorn Road with the current two-way system. This illustration shows improved safety measure in place, such as the raised junctions which means the crossings are level with the footpath, making it easier for pedestrians, wheel chair users and parents/carers with pushchairs to get around. We would also reduce the speed on this road to 20mph, making it a safer choice for cyclists. With the two-way system, the numbers of vehicles using the road will stay the same and you will still have the same vehicle access. These improvements mean car parking will be reduced by 8 spaces.

Further improvements to St George’s Terrace

We will also make improvements to the shopping area at Osborne Road/St George’s Terrace. This will help expand the benefits of Acorn Road’s improvements by linking both shopping areas together. At St George’s Terrace we will install a raised junction – making the footpaths level with the crossing – so it is easier for wheel chair users and parents/carers with pushchairs to get around. This is in addition to the improvements illustrated for Acorn Road.

Come along to our events

Our Let’s Talk gazebo will be on the corner of Larkspur Street and Acorn Road (next to Jesmond notice board where Coral betting shop is) on:

  • Tuesday 9 September 2014 8am to 12pm
  • Wednesday 10 September 2014 12 to 4pm
  • Thursday 11 September 4 to 8pm

Need further information?
More detailed information please call our transport development team on 0191 277 7541 or email

What happens next?
These plans are proposals only. The final plan depends on what you tell us. When this consultation closes, we’ll do a full review of all the comments and proceed with the statutory consultation.

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Well, nothing's going on in Jesmond if all people want is "no change". I'm still not sure how many people shop on Acorn Road because they can park, as opposed to those who park because they can. We need to work towards an option where students don't feel the need to have 2 or 3 (or more) cars per house, which would greatly improve the situation for residents in neighbouring streets who currently fear the reduced parking option. Many students come to Newcastle from areas that don't have the public transport choices we have in Jesmond - the universities also have a role to play in promoting public transport, walking and cycling.

Posted by Lizzie54 on 21st Sep 2014 at 11:18PM

No change is my preference but the lesser of two evils would be option 2 amended to provide more parking. What on earth is going on in Jesmond????

Posted by janebroadhead on 21st Sep 2014 at 10:58PM

DavidP - you're wrong!

I support Option 2 as long as it is changed to increase the parking, which is clearly possible. That way everyone gains and nobody loses.

Posted by 4648 on 21st Sep 2014 at 9:12PM

I am not in favour of either scheme, but if forced to choose (and I feel this is something being forced on residents), then I would opt for Option/Illustration 2.

Car parking is a concern to me - I rarely use my car, preferring to walk to work or use the metro as a means of getting to the Central Station or Airport. However, it is frustrating on those rare occasions I do need to use my car to find that I have to think through when I'm likely to be able to park upon my return (and time trips accordingly). Any scheme that deliberately reduces the parking available in the area seems at best myopic, and is clearly counter to the driving residents/shoppers interests.

The semi-pedestrianised scene of illustration 1 seems pitched to be visually attractive but resembles a rather generic 90s town pedestrianisation scheme. It is well presented with careful sue of light and colour in the pictures (the trees are in bloom rather than in Autumn, unbroken by revellers, and the road curiously lacking drivers or cyclists.

Making Acorn Road one way is an interesting idea but doesn't take account of the impact it will have on roads like Larkspur Terrace and the inconvenience caused to residents as they seek alternative routes to their properties. The junction of Sanderson Road and Osborne Road does not feature as part of these plans and seems an obvious bottle neck.

Please re-think these options.

Posted by cashford on 21st Sep 2014 at 9:00PM

I support Option 1 as being the only option that really improves the street for cyclists. I believe it will also improve things for pedestrians including children and other vulnerable road users. However this is money to improve cycling and this should be the priority - I can't see how option 2 actually makes a difference to cyclists at all.

Posted by Mumof5 on 21st Sep 2014 at 8:49PM
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