The transformation of John Dobson Street into a tree-lined boulevard is set to commence from 3 August 2015 and is expected to be completed by Spring 2016.
The project which I described here back in February: http://novumcastellum.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/john-dobson-street-to-become-tree-lined.html will see pavements widened, new seating areas installed, new pedestrian crossings, and a segregated two-way cycle track. The new layout will employ new traffic light technology which will make it safer for pedestrians and cyclists, as well as deterring motorists from using the street as an alternative route through the city (rather than using it merely for access to local premises).
Not an entirely random name for a blog, but close. I am not a goat herder - in the usual meaning of that word; nor does the Urban Dictionary definition apply to me either (for a decade at least): an extremely drunk male who having lost all self-respect and standards, loses his powers of discrimination when pulling females. It is said that Gateshead derives its name from a settlement near an early Tyne crossing where goats once roamed. The goats are long gone, but me - I like to roam these parts - or rather run - exploring new places, rediscovering old ones in and around Gateshead and Newcastle when I'm out jogging. This blog is a collection of my photos, thoughts, observations, rants, loves and hates about Newcastle and Gateshead.