How Have Heaton’s Streets Changed?

The latter part of 2022 and early part of 2023 saw a lot of changes to the streets of Heaton. The end of October marked one year since the Safe Heaton trials were implemented. It also marked six months since the extension the protected cycle lanes on Heaton Road were completed.

With such significant milestones popping up on the SPACE for Heaton reminder calendar we decided to take a look at the available data to see what effect the changes have had.

Record Numbers Cycling in Heaton

The work to extend the protected cycle lanes on Heaton Road was completed at the end of April. The previously completed section that passes the shops on Heaton Road has had automatic counters recording the number of cycles passing through since May 2019. These counters give a good indication of whether cycle traffic is increasing or decreasing.

It’s important to note that the counters are in the cycle path. They won’t count people cycling on the road or people who miss the counter by joining after it. This means actual numbers could be higher.

All the indicators show that the changes have led to more trips being made by bike. In 2023 over 100,000 cycle trips have been counted on Heaton road up to the end of October. This is more than any previous year, with an average of over 330 trips per day being recorded.

Line chart showing average daily cycling trips along Heaton Road in Newcastle upon Tyne
Average number of cycle trips per day counted on Heaton Road in the last 5 years.

Every individual month in 2023 except August also saw record numbers of cycle trips made too. July and August always show a dip in numbers of people cycling on Heaton Road. This likely reflects the school holidays. A return to school in September saw numbers rebound to levels far higher than the September before the extension was completed. Even the shorter, colder days of October have seen higher numbers of cycle trips each day than any previous year.

A bar chart showing average daily cycle trips along Heaton Road in Newcastle upon Tyne by month for each of the last 5 years.
Average number of daily cycle trips on Heaton road by month for the last 5 years.

Daily cycle trips on Heaton Road in 2023 were 37% higher than their low point of 2021, which was at the hight of the Covid pandemic, and a period that saw record numbers of cycle trips being recorded across the country as a whole.

Since 2021 the national cycling index, which plots the level of cycling traffic across England against a 2013 baseline, has been decreasing slightly. Increasing numbers of trips on Heaton Road show that local numbers are going against the national picture. This could be because recent changes have encouraged more cycle trips in Heaton.

A line chart showing the national cycling index since 2011
The National Cycling Index since January 2011

For more details on the cycling index visit

Fewer Vehicles Passing Through Heaton

Before the cycle lanes on Heaton Road were completed the Safer Heaton scheme, aimed at reducing the amount of traffic travelling through Heaton, was implemented on a trial basis. The scheme added a number of modal filters to streets around Heaton Park Road.

Prior to the Safer Heaton trials being implemented there had been a number of long established low traffic areas in Heaton. However, the area between Heaton Park Road and Heaton Road was left unfiltered. Over time this had become a busy route for people getting to the Coast Road via Warwick Street and Heaton Road.

A map showing low traffic areas and modal filters in Heaton before October 2022.
A map of existing low traffic areas and modal filters present in Heaton prior to October 2022

There would often be long queues of traffic along Heaton Park View and Heaton Road, all the way to the Coast Road.

The video below, recorded at 5:15pm on Thursday 23rd September 2021 shows what Heaton Road often looked like before the new filters were put in and before the cycle lanes on Heaton Road had been extended. Queues of traffic would often stretch from Heaton Park View to the Coast Road.

Heaton Road on Thursday 23rd September 2021 at 5:15pm

The changes brought the area between Heaton Park Road and Heaton Road in to line with other parts of Heaton. It is still possible to access anywhere in a car, but to travel through the area people now need to use the main roads or, if coming from further afield and passing through, use the quicker routes of the Coast Road or Byker Bypass.

A map of low traffic areas and model filters in Heaton after October 2022.
A map of new and existing low traffic areas and modal filters present in Heaton after October 2022

Counting cars

There is a permanent traffic counter on Warwick Street, which gives a good indication of the number of vehicles travelling to and from Heaton via the Heaton Park Road area.

In the ten months to the end of October 2022, before the Safer Heaton changes were made Warwick Street saw almost 2 million vehicle trips, with an average number of 6538 vehicles each day using the narrow residential road. There was a roughly equal number of vehicles heading in each direction.

Since the changes were made to the streets around Heaton Park Road the number of vehicles heading in to and out of the area via Warwick street has reduced.

The ten months to the end of October 2023 saw  approximately 144,000 fewer vehicles using Warwick Street than in the same period the year before the changes were made – almost 500 fewer vehicles each day.

Plotting the weekly change in traffic volume for Warwick Street shows that for the first 43 weeks of 2023 (up to the end of October) traffic heading to and from Heaton was lower than in 2022 for all but two weeks, with data not available for an additional one week.

A bar chart showing the weekly change in traffic for 2023 against 2022 for Warwick Street in Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne
The percentage change in vehicle numbers from 2022 to 2023 for Warwick Street in Heaton.

After a post pandemic rise, the daily average number of vehicles on Warwick Street has fallen for the first time in two years. This suggests that the changes made in October 2022 have had the effect of reducing traffic traveling through Heaton.

Additionally, with close to 6000 vehicles still using Warwick Street daily, there doesn’t seem to be a problem with people who need to travel to the area being able to.

Disappearing Traffic

With Traffic on Warwick Street reduced, where are people going instead? The main alternative routes from people driving from the Central Motorway to the Coast Road or west side of Heaton are the Cradlewell Bypass or New Bridge Street and Byker Bridge.

Average daily traffic levels on the Cradlewelll Bypass (measured between the Jesmond Road and Corner House junctions) have been lower in 2023 than in 2022, suggesting that that route has not been adversely affected.

A line chart showing the average number of vehicles per day on the Cradlewell bypass for the last 5 years
Average number of vehicles per day on the Cradlewell Bypass

Average daily vehicle counts on Byker Bridge saw a small rise of 0.7%, or around 150 vehicles on average per day. This is a very small amount compared to the 22545 vehicles using the route on average each day in 2022 and the increase is smaller than the decrease in vehicles on Warwick Street. The Byker Bypass saw a slight fall in the average number of vehicles per day.

Average number of vehicles per day on Byker Bridge

There isn’t a permanent counter on Heaton Road, so we will have to wait for the final reports from the Council which will hopefully contain counts from more streets for a detailed view on that. However, the queues previously seen stretching back from the Coast Road to and along Heaton Park View don’t seem to be happening anymore.

The video below was taken on the same day of they year and at the same time of day as the video above, just two years later, after the Safer Heaton trials had been implemented. The previous queues on Heaton Road have gone and Heaton Park View had very little traffic.

Heaton Road on Thursday 21st September 2023 at 5:15pm

Persistent Problems

Despite the drop in traffic, it only takes a few dangerous drivers to make a street feel unsafe. The Safer Heaton scheme does appear to have reduced traffic, and the new crossing on Heaton Park Road has made walking and cycling routes safer.

However, unlike in some areas, the new filters don’t make the area fully impermeable to through traffic. Small numbers of drivers persist in cutting through, now driving down back lanes rather than following the main roads. Drivers emerging from back lanes and not looking for people walking along the pavements or cycling along the roads is a persistent problems, and driver standoffs can sometimes be seen when people going in opposite directions are unable to pass due to parked cars and the size of the vehicles they are driving.

These issues don’t indicate the scheme has failed in any respect, and local Councillors have been working to address the issues that have arisen.

An overall success

Overall we feel the Safer Heaton scheme has been a big improvement for Heaton, and the available data shows a drop in traffic which should be celebrated.

We are keen to see the remaining problems addressed and the Heaton Road cycle lanes extended up to and beyond the Corner House junction at the earliest opportunity.

Hopefully when this gets started the evidence showing the improvements brought about by the recent work will mean progress will be quicker than it has been in the past and Heaton can get a transport network that works for all people, not just those in car.

Changes are coming to Heaton’s streets

Almost a year ago we wrote about some changes that were being proposed for the streets between Heaton Park Road and Heaton Road.

After a long wait, the changes are set to be implemented on a trial basis and temporary measures are due to be installed at the end of October 2022.

When any change is implemented there will be some disruption while people get used to it. With this in mind we have gathered together some of the most frequently raised responses when similar changes have been made elsewhere in the city and around the country.

The Council have set up a page explaining the changes, which also has a place to leave feedback on each of the interventions. You can find this at

Read on for some of the most common questions that get asked when changes like this are made.

It’s day one and it isn’t working

In the first few days there will inevitably be some disruption as people get used to the changes and adapt their routine appropriately. People take time to adapt to any sort of change.

The real test is how the changes perform over an extended period, and monitoring should be in place to measure that.

I need to get to my house/work/shops/other location

It will still be possible to get to any location or house that it is currently possible to get to, in a car. You may need to use a slightly different route, but nowhere will be inaccessible. No roads are being closed, it just won’t be possible for through traffic to use them to go through the area.

Traffic will divert down my street instead

The most noticeable change for people who currently use Heaton as a through route will be that Heaton Park View will no longer connect to Warwick Street.

Each of the parallel streets to the south of Heaton Park View will also have a filter to prevent any remaining traffic using those streets instead.

The junction of Wandsworth Road and Heaton Park Road will be getting changed permanently (the rest are trial changes for now)and will include a new crossing so is covered by different legal orders so may be shown on different plans.

This will put more traffic on surrounding roads.

A lot of Heaton’s streets, including in the area of the new scheme, form a grid pattern. Any traffic that used the east-west streets that are being filtered came from, or went to, one of the north-south streets. Traffic levels on those streets is unlikely to increase as any traffic that previously used the filtered streets will have also used the surrounding roads before and afterwards. There may be a decrease in traffic on the surrounding roads as people driving through switch to main roads further afield.

One exception could be North View, which is a wider road with few houses that are set back from the carriageway. This is why the bus route goes that way and no longer uses Cardigan Terrace.

My journey will be longer

People traveling to or from addresses in the area may have to take a different route but this will only extend trips by a matter of metres.

People who travelled through the area from the city centre or central motorway to get to the Coast Road can use Jesmond Road, which is the same distance and time. It may appear busier, but the road and junctions are designed to move large volumes of traffic.

People who travelled through the area from the city centre or central motorway to get to areas of Heaton near Chillingham Road can use New Bridge Street or the Coast Road. The extra distance is 0.1 of a mile.

In most cases, people would need to divert off main roads to get to Warwick Street in the first place in order to drive through the area that is being improved. While there may be a perception that those routes take longer as there is more traffic on them, in reality they are designed to cope with the volume and large numbers of vehicles pass through the junctions with each cycle of the light.

Congestion will be increased / Air quality will be worse

The cause of congestion is too many vehicles. Between 2012 and 2019 there was an increase of 82,000,000 miles driven per year in Newcastle. 26,000,000 of those miles were driven in cars and taxis. There are now just under 100 000 cars registered in the city

Congestion is caused by people in cars having to wait for other people in cars going in different directions. Fewer junctions or fewer people wanting to use existing junctions eases congestions as there is less need to stop for other people.

If people feel safe on streets they are much more likely to choose to walk or cycle shorter journeys, reducing traffic overall.

Traffic levels by year in Newcastle upon Tyne
Annual Traffic by vehicle type in Newcastle upon Tyne


Approximately 40% of households in Newcastle don’t have access to a car. People without a car still need to get about safely. Making streets safer means that there will be more options for people without cars to get around. People are far more likely to walk or cycle when they feel safe.

While disabled people have a wide range of needs the proposed changes shouldn’t make any difference to what people can currently do. Anybody who needs access to a vehicle will still be able to use one exactly as they do now, and access to all locations will still be available for all vehicles.  

In fact, quieter streets will create an improved, safer environment for anybody using a wheelchair, mobility scooter or other mobility aid to get around.

Emergency services

The emergency service have to be consulted on changes like those being made and will have told the Council about any concerns they have so appropriate changes can be made.

In response to similar changes elsewhere in the city, the North East Ambulance Service said “they [NEAS] maintain a neutral position in their response to these types of consultations but strongly support measures that seek to improve road safety and reduce accidents and injuries.”

They went on to add “Generally, Ambulances prefer to travel on main roads and enter residential roads as close to the destination as possible.”

Tyne and Wear Fire Service, in response to other similar changes in the city had a similar response and said “The Fire service’s priority is to attend an incident within the shortest time possible and leave the main road as close to the incident as possible”.

There hasn’t been any evidence from anywhere else in the country that the emergency services get delayed by this sort of scheme.

Why is my street being filtered?

Heaton has had many filtered streets for decades and there has been no campaign to change this. The latest changes simply apply the same methods to streets that don’t currently benefit from filters.

On the map below, red dots indicate existing filters and the blue shared areas show where through traffic has been excluded.

Map showing existing modal filters and the areas they protect in Heaton.

Nobody cycles, is this needed?

Firstly, the changes are not just about cycling.  By removing through traffic that could be on main roads streets become quieter and safer, which makes it much more likely that people will choose to walk short journeys – to school for example – which in turn removes vehicles from the roads and leave more space for the people who do need to drive.

The Sustrans Walking and Cycling Index 2021 found that 49% of Newcastle residents walked on five days a week and 93% of all residents walk at some point.

The same survey found that 36% of all residents cycle and 16% cycle at least once week.

The roads were built for cars so shouldn’t be filtered

Most of Heaton was built from the 1880s onwards, with the area covered by this scheme being one of the earlier areas built. This was a long time before cars were widely available. The patent for what could be considered the first car was only applied for in 1886, so it’s unlikely much consideration was given to cars in their current for when Heaton was being planned and built.

There’s plenty of photography available that shows how Heaton’s streets looked around the 1930s and 1940s which show nearby streets practically devoid of cars. See here, here, here and here.

Heaton History Group has some great photographs of what typical Heaton streets looked like closer to when they were built on their website.

One of the biggest changes of recent times is cars crowding streets that weren’t designed for them.

Safe Heaton

In November 2021 the City Council announced some proposals for trials that would hopefully reduce  traffic travelling through Heaton and improve facilities for people walking or cycling.

There are numerous proposals, focusing on the area to the west of Heaton Road and an initial consultation exercise to gather people’s views was carried out shortly after the announcements were made.

You can read about the proposals at

The SPACE for Heaton Response

As part of the initial consultation exercise SPACE for Heaton submitted a response, which you can read below.


We are supportive of these proposals, reducing through traffic from the residential streets of Heaton is one of the primary ways of making a Safer Pedestrian and Cycling Environment for all.  The concept of engagement, trial and more formal feedback gives residents and businesses a chance to try before they buy.

We hope the trial is given a fair chance to bed in and for people to adapt to the changes, appreciate the benefits and make that vital modal shift to more sustainable transport choices.

We are hopeful that although the measures are described as temporary, they will be delivered using robust and high quality materials, and wherever possible, introduce planting, street trees and sustainable urban drainage solutions.

Our feedback to the individual interventions is as follows;

  • Ouseburn Road – Closure to traffic

This is a good idea. While it’s not a busy road, many people walk and cycle along it and a car, even being driven at relatively low speeds, causes significant problems on some of the blind bends. Stopping through traffic while keeping access to the allotments is a sensible solution.

There may be potential future issues with people turning the parts of the road accessible by car in to a car park if they think they won’t be blocking the way but that can be addressed if it becomes a problem.

We’d like some reassurance from the Council that the road surface will continue to be maintained, as it would if it was still open to traffic, I.e. being swept of debris, rubbish and leaves to ensure it is safe to use all year round.

  • Warwick Street – Heaton Park View

This proposal is very welcome. This, in combination with other streets being filtered, could have a positive affect across the area beyond Heaton Park View. Stopping this being a through route could see a reduction in traffic on Warwick Street and Heaton Road too as currently it appears to be used as a route to and from the Coast Road.

For people travelling through the area, either west bound to the city centre or east bound towards the coast, there are other routes on main roads that are a very similar distance and often quicker.

For drivers on Stoddart Street, it’s a shorter route to the Coast Road sticking to main roads than it is to go through the residential streets of Heaton.

There may be very slightly longer journeys for people living west of Chillingham Road for those people who have to drive but the difference is a few hundred metres extra and the proposals may encourage some people who are capable to walk or cycle instead.

It’s likely that some car journeys made by residents will need to go a slightly different route but any extra distance will be minimal and the benefits will outweigh that.

It will also improve access to and from Heaton Park, which is currently challenging to pedestrians and cyclists.

  • Bollingbroke Street – Heaton Park View

This proposal is the one we have most reservations about, the streets to the west of Heaton Park View are already effectively filtered at Newington Road and Stratford Road junctions to Warwick Street.  This filter, when combined with the proposal for Mowbray Street has the potential to divert more traffic down South View West, Malcolm Street and on Hotspur Street.  We feel that this intervention could be better deployed on South View West, between the Elizabeth Street Bridge and Stratford Road to reduce the volume of through traffic on the last remaining route.

  • Stratford Road – Mowbray Street

We are supportive of this proposed intervention, it aligns with the Strategic Cycle Route and will make it easier to travel east/west.  It will also potentially reduce speeds on Stratford Road itself.  We’d like to suggest that the double yellow lines are extended to the full 10m from the junction, as described in the Highway Code Rule 243 to ensure clear visibility for all users is maintained at all times.

If this becomes a permanent adaption, could we have continuous footways on either side to ensure that vehicles slow at the junction and to make sure that walking and wheeling is as easy as it can be?  There are already significant drainage issues at this junction, and a lack of dropped kerbs on one arm of the junction.

  • Cardigan Terrace – Heaton Hall Road

We are supportive of this proposed intervention, as a filter on this street is required to reduce through traffic in the whole area.  However, we are slightly concerned that introducing a filter half way along the street may cause confusion for delivery vehicles etc.  It may have been better to introduce this filter at the Heaton Park View end.

  • Heaton Road – Falmouth Road

We are supportive of this proposed intervention, as a filter on this street is required to reduce through traffic in the whole area.  However there are already long-standing issues with drivers parking on the pavement build outs on Heaton Road either side of the junction into Falmouth Road.  This makes it difficult to cross Heaton Road to the bus stops.  We hope that the Council have observed these and will replace the bollards that have been lost over the years to prevent pavement parking on Heaton Road as part of this intervention.

  • Stannington Avenue

We are supportive of this proposed intervention, as the street is not wide enough to support parking on both sides.

  • School Street at Hotspur Primary School

We are supportive of this proposed intervention and look forward to the publication of further details as to how this will work.  Any physical barriers must be accessible to cyclists as the Strategic Cycle Route runs through the middle of the School Street Zone.  If the intervention is to be introduced using ANPR cameras, will this effectively introduce a residents parking permit scheme to a specific area?

There are a number of drivers who park on the pavements either side of Mowbray Street between Stratford Road and the first back lane.  This presents a clear danger to pedestrians and we’d ask that either physical barriers, such as bike stands, trees or bollards are installed to prevent this, or as a minimum the double yellow lines are extended to prevent this.

  • Heaton Park Road – Mowbray Street – Wandsworth Road

We are supportive of this proposal, it was one of the interventions developed as part of the Streets for People Project.  It will improve walking and cycling connectivity across Heaton Park Road and make it easier to travel east / west on the Strategic Cycle Route.  As with Falmouth Road, there are long standing issues with drivers parking on the private frontages to the shops in the area, often parking on the pavement itself.  We hope the proposed intervention has taken this into account.

Additional Proposals

Would it be possible to improve the permeability of a number of the historic filters?  The filter between Stratford Road and Warwick Street is OK for pedestrians, but lacks dropped kerbs and parking restrictions to enable cycling through.  Similarly the existing filter between Heaton Road and Heaton Grove could be improved to reflect the changes in practice and design as implemented on Stannington Avenue.


We would like to see a detailed programme for the implementation of these measures.  Some are described as trial measures and some described as permanent interventions.  We are concerned that if measures are implemented one street at a time, over a number of weeks or months, drivers may find their way through the filters.  We are particularly mindful of the process to install speed bumps on Heaton Park View, where traffic was diverted down Wandsworth Road, and once HPV was re-opened, some of the through traffic continued to use Wandsworth Road.

We realise that a lot of traffic and deliveries make routing decisions based on sat navs and electronic mapping.  Will these be updated to minimise disruption at the same time?

Finally, will the Council be briefing all Council departments about these changes?  The introduction of the filter on Tintern Crescent appeared to cause issues for bin collections for a while.


Whilst supportive of this methodology of trialling the measures, we would like reassurance and visibility of the process to amend the trial if a measure is found to exacerbate problems elsewhere.  We’re concerned that through traffic may simply start to use the backlanes, or even start to zig zag through on Cardigan Terrace, Heaton Hall Road and Falmouth Road.  Can the Council reassure us that such feedback will be listened to and acted upon, if appropriate, in a timely manner?

Next Steps

Whilst these measures are welcome and we are sure will give residents the opportunity to adapt to the changes, we are keen to resolve a few other issues that are of concern to residents.  Whilst we understand that the No1 bus route is important, it does present some challenges to the residents on Warwick Street.  The majority of drivers park half on the pavement, restricting the available width for pedestrians.

Can we suggest that a future intervention could be introducing double yellow lines on Warwick Street opposite the junction of Parkville and extending the existing lines to 10m either side of the junction, would create a “passing place” for buses, allowing drivers to park fully on the road.

If the proposed filters do not see a reduction in traffic using Warwick Street then there is a further measure that might work.  The introduction of a traffic light controlled Bus Gate at the top of Warwick Street, and Heaton Park Road.  Non-bus traffic heading north on Heaton Park Road could be diverted onto Hotspur Street, and non-bus traffic heading east on Warwick Street could be diverted north onto Stratford Road.  This would significantly reduce through traffic from this street if the other measures prove ineffective in reducing traffic volumes on this street.

The e-scooters are coming

From the 15th February 2021 it will be possible to rent an e-scooter for the first time in Newcastle. Initially Heaton won’t be covered but the scooters will be available in the city centre. The area of use may expand as the trail progresses though.

SPACE for Heaton has had a look around the app used for the trial to see how the scheme will operate.

The scheme is being run by Neuron Mobility and their app is called ‘Neuron – Escooter Sharing’ and the app is in the usual app stores (Android, Apple) .

Firstly, it’s important to note that it will only be legal to ride the official scooters on the road – riding a privately owned e-scooter on the road will continue to be illegal.


E-scooter app signup page
The registration page in the app.

To use the trial scooters, you must be at least 18 years old and have a full or provisional driving licence, the details of which are needed to sign up to the service.

Once registered, pay-per-ride costs are £1 + 18p per minute but three-day, weekly and monthly passes are available which will allow riders to ride as often as they want for up to 90 minutes per day.


The scooters utilise GPS to control the area they will work within, speeds and to incentivise parking. If a scooter is ridden outside the allowed area, it’s motor stops working and the rider will be unable to end the ride. This means that, until the scooter is pushed back into the allowed area, the rider will continue to accrue costs to their credit card.

Additionally, there are no parking zones and low speed zones and no ride zones. While you can ride in a no parking zone it’s not possible to end the ride within the zone, so if a scooter is left the user will continue to accrue charges for it.

GPS controls what can be done where.

Within a low-speed zone, the top speed of the scooter, usually 15mph, will be limited to 9mph. A no ride zone

Early indications from a test zone shown within the app suggest that, if leaving a scooter in a preferred parking zone, the rider will get a voucher towards future rides. It appears that if a scooter is idle for 10 minutes the ride will be automatically ended (unless outside the ride zone or within a no parking zone) to stop unintended charges.

To start or end a ride the phone running the app will need to have internet access, so it won’t be possible to use a device without a data connection of some sort.

The rules

The rules of riding are quite clear that the scooters should not be ridden under the influence of alcohol or any other substance, while wearing headphones or using a device of any kind (including smartwatches). As the scooters can only be ridden on the road and cycle lanes (not pavements) it’s possible that, if caught, riders could get points on their licence for drink driving so it will be worth becoming familiar with the rules before setting out and abiding by them. In addition, all traffic laws need to be adhered to as would be expected.

The scooters

The scooters themselves have built in lights and reflectors, audible alerts with voice guidance, sensors to detect crashes or toppled scooters and reasonable size wheels so they should be able to cope with small imperfections in the road surface.

A lot is made of ‘the world’s first app-controlled helmet lock’ which secures a helmet to every e-scooter in between trips. The promotional material suggests there may be financial incentives for wearing the helmet as well as responsible parking.

Each scooter also has a unique licence plate so it (and the rider who has rented it) can be identified if necessary.

Behind the scenes is a 24h response team to deal with issues and change batteries.

A promotional image of the scooter.

Final thoughts

It looks like a lot of lessons have been learned from bike sharing schemes (or scooters are just more expensive, so more effort is put in to looking after them).

The GPS enforcement of zones, speed and parking should bring a bit of order to the scheme and the signup requirements should encourage responsible riding (and make it possible to sanction to opposite).

For short journeys around the city a scooter is a far more efficient option that a car or taxi so it will be interesting to see how the trial goes over the coming year as the area of availability expands and number of available scooters increase.

It’s good to see quieter, efficient modes of transport being trialed and if it proves a success more people using scooters could help to speed up the creation of more safe, car free routes across the city that can also be used for more active modes of travel.

An open meeting about air quality

SPACE for Heaton will be holding an open meeting on Wednesday 13th February to share information about recent air quality measurements in the Heaton area.

Taking place at Chillingham Road Primary School at 7:15pm there will be a chance to see what has been recorded by monitors put up by the Urban Observatory at Newcastle University as well as see portable monitors.

There will a short presentation on SPACE for Heaton, details about measurements of pollutants taken around the area and some information about the Sense My Street project that helped get the sensors installed as well as some words from one of the Heaton ward councillors.

See the poster below for all the information. We hope to see you there.

We’re SPACE for Heaton – the film

On a very cold, frosty, morning in December some Heaton residents who had heard about the aims of SPACE for Heaton met in Heaton Park. The purpose of the meeting was to make a film that explained what and who SPACE for Heaton is and why it has been created.

After all the clips of people from around Heaton had been gathered together the film has been edited and released to the world.

You can see the film below. If you agree with the message don’t forget to share it with your friends. You can also sign up to our newsletter to keep up to date with what SPACE for Heaton is doing.