Match day road closures extended

St James' Park
St James' Park

Road closures around St James Park are to be extended in line with fans’ requests.

Newcastle City Council has worked with partners to put in place road closures on match days to improve safety for fans.

The closures which first came into operation 15 months ago - at the end of the match as fans leave St James’ Park - were on a trial basis and kept under review.

Now following consultation with the fans forum, Newcastle United and Northumbria Police, the multi-agency safety advisory group have decided to extend the closure period to the start of the game as well, as fans make their way into the stadium.

The new arrangements will be operational from this Sunday, December 9, when Newcastle entertain Wolverhampton Wanderers – and all other match days.

Cabinet Member for the Environment, Cllr Nick Kemp, said: “The safety of football fans on match day has, and always will be our paramount priority. We introduced these measures on a trial period over a year ago, so we could monitor the effects and listen to fans.

“It is clear that many fans wanted the closure before the game as well as after the game, so we’ve decided to bring in this change.”

Car parks will remain open as normal on match days, but motorists may have to change their access route to some of them nearest the ground.

The new arrangements are:

Road closures start one hour before the start of the match on:

  • Leazes Terrace and the area around St James’ Park East Stand
  • Strawberry Place between the junction with Barrack Road and Strawberry Public House
  • Strawberry Lane at the junction with Strawberry Place

These closures will remain in place until approximately 30 minutes after the end of the match.

Road closures start about one hour after the start of the match on:

  • Strawberry Place at the junction with Leazes Park Road
  • Leazes Park Road between Percy Street and Strawberry Place junctions
  • Terrace Place

These closures will remain in place until approximately 30 minutes after the end of the match.