Bus passengers advised of changes to weekend services on Blackett Street this summer

Plans for a series of summer events in the heart of Newcastle city centre have been announced.

The events are being held to coincide with the Great Exhibition of the North, which is expected to attract thousands of visitors along with families from across the city and the wider region.

Newcastle City Council has confirmed that it will close Blackett Street for 10 weekends during the Great Exhibition to enable these events to take place.

The events, which are not organised by the city council, will range from cycling events to fun activities for families.

The first of the weekend closures will take place on Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July.

After that closures will be in place every weekend up to and including Saturday 1 September and Sunday 2 September.

Bus passengers who use services which normally go via Blackett Street are being advised that this will mean changes to their journeys.

During the temporary weekend closures, bus stops on Blackett Street will not be in use and people will need to use different city centre stops, including temporary bus stops on Newgate Street, instead.

Services affected are Stagecoach buses 12, 32/32A, 36, 39/40, 62/63, 71/72/87, 100 and the City Sightseeing bus and Go North East services 21, 28/28A, 32A and X25.

People can get details of changes to these bus services and other public transport information at www.nexus.org.uk.

Cllr Arlene Ainsley, cabinet member for transport and air quality at Newcastle City Council, said: “The Great Exhibition of the North is expected to bring thousands of visitors to Newcastle and Gateshead this summer and we want them to experience our city at its finest.

“We are planning to close Blackett Street to traffic on 10 weekends during the Great Exhibition to create a welcoming, people-friendly area in the heart of the city.

“A variety of events will be taking place during these weekends and we hope families from across the city as well as visitors will have fun spending time here, taking part in activities, soaking up the atmosphere and – we hope – enjoying the summer sunshine.

“To enable this happen we need to stop buses from travelling along Blackett Street during these 10 weekends so this will mean changes to where buses will stop.

“We are working with bus operators to make sure passengers are aware of the temporary arrangements which will be put in place.

“Discussions will also be taking place with nearby businesses that have access and delivery requirements so that suitable alternative arrangements can be made.”

People can visit www.newcastle.gov.uk/blackettstreet to keep up to date on information about the arrangements for the weekends.