Air Quality Public Consultation October 2019

Posted on 16/10/2019 at 16:47

We are consulting on final proposals for tackling poor air quality in our area. The proposals take in to account the feedback we've received from the initial consultation earlier this year, as well as updated predictions on pollution levels.

We’re proposing a city centre Clean Air Zone and traffic restrictions on the Tyne Bridge and Central Motorway, along with ways to support people affected by charging, and investment to improve our public transport, walking and cycling routes.

Read more about the proposals and take part in the consultation at: (you may need to copy and paste this link). The consultation is open until midday on Monday 25 November 2019.

If you have any questions about the consultation and how your views will inform our plans, or you need this information in a different format (such as large print), please contact us at: Thank you for giving us your view. 

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Reduce the number of buses that go through Gosforth High Street. There are far too many of them and some of them are dirty old diesels that create a lot of pollution.

Posted by TW8 on 3rd Nov 2019 at 10:01AM

No, I don't think I have missed the point MC, and I am not 'having a rant' as you so kindly put it. I am merely pointing out the obvious. An idling car or bus sends out much more pollution than a moving one and most cyclist's will only use the cycle lanes in good weather.

No, I don't think it is just a Newcastle policy regarding air pollution but I do think there is Newcastle agenda to make car driving as difficult as possible.

People will only leave their cars at home and use public transport (thus reducing the air pollution), when two things come into force, time (buses going when and where people need them) and costs (a huge reduction in the cost of bus/metro travel).

Climate crisis - yes, we all need to do more, but common sense says that we need to make changes with what we have already got by making things better, not rushing out to charge the motorist. How does making money reduce air pollution? That doesn't make sense.

Move the services back out into the community's, and then people wont have to use the car to get places, like shops, banks, post offices, doctors, hospitals etc. Again, this is common sense.

Posted by Morganth on 30th Oct 2019 at 7:51AM

@Morganth Unfortunately you seemed to have missed the actual problem. 'Keeping traffic moving' or increasing traffic will not solve the pollution problems the council is legally obliged to resolve.

While I may have some doubts over the latest plan (from potential gridlock on Central motorway, to lack of incentive for people to change, etc) I don't think that having unnecessary rants at buses / cyclists will fix the problems. Registering cyclists is an obvious non-starter - and car drivers whom are supposedly registered still break the law and kill people (such as that poor cyclist near Ashington) so that isn't even remotely sensible. Increasing cycling provision, making it safer and easier may well decrease congestion. Improving the public transport routes and ensuring there is both carrot and stick to get the bus companies to improve as per the excellent post below.

You seem to think this is a 'newcastle' policy - they have to do _something_ as it comes from central government, and as you may have noticed, we have a climate crisis so it is beholden upon all of us to try to make a difference.

Posted by rnc on 29th Oct 2019 at 5:44PM

Hello everyone. Thanks for giving us your views, please do go to the dedicated consultation website, where you can find the full proposals and comment on them in detail. The site is and the 'Have your say' button is at the very top. Alternatively, scroll down on the home screen and you will find the information there! If you have problems accessing it, please contact the staff in charge of the consultation directly at: Thanks.

Posted by Louise R (Newcastle City Council) on 29th Oct 2019 at 4:55PM

The only way to improve the poor air quality in Newcastle is to keep the traffic moving. Remove all the cycle lanes, bus lanes, taxi only lanes, and allow the cars to run economically, and not have them sitting in queues belching out smog.
Cycle routes are a waste of time because when the weather turns wet, cold and dark, the majority of cyclists hang up their bikes and revert to their cars anyway. Cyclists should also be registered as they cause a lot of motoring problems and there is no way of reporting them for their behaviour.
Buses all seem to have the same routes, every 2-3 minutes, empty buses are running around Newcastle and other routes don't exist. The transport policy needs to be worked out properly, with reduced fares to encourage people to use the buses/metros and not the bullying behaviour we are seeing from our council now.
Charging people to use cars only hits the poorest people, as many cannot afford to change their cars to low emission ones and so they get charged. Why are Newcastle policies only for the minority or the rich? What about the people who work hard, don't get any help from anyone, and yet get hammered from all sides, give us a break please.

Posted by Morganth on 29th Oct 2019 at 3:29PM
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