A MOTORIST has criticised a 'confusing' road junction which he claims does not 'appear to lead anywhere' without breaking the rules.

The junction on Percy Street in Newcastle City Centre has been criticised after the motorist was confronted with two bus lanes, a no-right turn and no u-turn sign.

But Newcastle City Council has defended criticism saying there are numerous signs, which clearly advise motorists of the restricted access in advance.

The motorist, who did not wish to be named, said they believed the signage was not clear until it was 'too late,' after negotiating the junction on Monday.

They said: "When I got to the junction I didn't know what to do, you couldn't go left or right, couldn't go straight ahead, and couldn't make a u-turn.

"There weren't any clear signs to suggest anything otherwise - and when you got to the junction it was too late, it didn't appear to lead anywhere where you could legally go."


In response, Newcastle City Council said there are numerous signs in place and explained what motorists should do if they meet the junction.

A spokesperson for the council said motorists are permitted to turn left into Blackett Street but to turn around before Grey's Monument, where the bus lane begins.

They said: “The road layout on Percy Street at the Gallowgate junction has been in place for well over a decade and there are numerous signs advising people of the restricted access ahead and the no-right turn.

“Cars can travel south on Percy Street in order to reach the Eldon Square and Eldon Garden car parks.

“If drivers do go beyond this point, they are directed to turn back at the mini roundabout and again, this is well signed in advance.

“Vehicles that proceed all the way to the junction are permitted to turn left into Blackett Street however there is a bus only section of road past Grey’s Monument so car drivers would need to turn around before this point.

“We therefore encourage drivers to follow the directions on Percy Street which will enable them to turn back at the earlier opportunity.”