§ Mr. Cousins
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the City of Newcastle upon Tyne requested approval of permanent bus stop clearway orders in respect of Osborne Road, NE2; and whether approval was granted. 
§ Mr. McNulty
This is a matter for the Local Highway Authority, Newcastle city council.
The Council made application to the Department (Government Office for the North East) on 3 May 2001 for 24 hour Bus Stop Clearways on Osborne Road, Newcastle.
The Government Office responded on 13 July 2001. The Council were advised that it had the power to introduce the 24 hour Bus Stop Clearways by making the appropriate Traffic Regulation Order in accordance with the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 and then to erect a sign to Diagram 974 as prescribed in the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions (TSRGD) 1994 (which were current at the time of the inquiry), reflecting the times the restriction is in force.