Traffic has returned to a Newcastle rat run for the first time in two years.
Salters Bridge in Gosforth was reopened on Sunday to help relieve congestion during disruptive roadworks on the nearby Killingworth Road commuter route.
Residents had pleaded with Newcastle City Council to keep the bridge shut permanently, and say that they are already plagued by dangerous speeding, long queues, and "stand-offs" between aggressive drivers.
They have also spotted a huge lorry and a cement truck crossing the Grade I-listed ancient monument, something the council has called “incredibly reckless”.
Audrey Macnaughton, of the Garden Village Action Group, says traffic levels are not yet back to their worst but that speeding and tailgating are posing major concerns.
Pollution monitors on Hollywood Avenue have also shown a massive spike in harmful emissions.
The council says that CCTV cameras will be installed on the bridge and that footage of any offences will be sent to Northumbria Police.