City Centre Transformation: Transport

City Centre Transformation: Transport

Before the pandemic, we spoke to local businesses about changing vehicle access on Blackett Street and some surrounding streets, to aid pedestrianisation of parts of the city centre. This is fundamental to delivering our vision for the city, opening up space for people and improving our environment. We have taken on board the feedback and used it to shape the proposed changes to the transport network that will enable us to achieve our vision.

The most significant change we are proposing in relation to traffic is the removal of through traffic on key city centre streets, including Blackett Street. This includes rerouting buses and amending delivery times for businesses. This will allow the focus of the street to be on the pedestrian experience and the safety of those enjoying the space. Any changes will be carried out through a legal process called a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO).

Our formal consultation period on the proposals opened on Monday 13 September 2021 and will end at 5pm on Friday 15 October 2021. During the formal consultation period, you will be able to share your views by: ­

  • Filling in an online response form through our website
  • Completing a paper copy of the response form
  • Requesting a telephone call to talk through the response form with a member of staff who will record your views
  • In person meetings at the following locations;
    • Session 1 – Eldon Square, food quarter, Monument entrance – Thursday 16th September, 3pm till 7pm
    • Session 2 – Newcastle City Centre Library – Tuesday 21st September, 11am till 3pm
    • Session 3 -  Brunswick Methodist Church, Brunswick Place – Thursday 23rd September, 11am till 1pm
    • Session 4 -  Grainger Market -  Wednesday 27th  September, 11am till 3pm

The formal consultation will include details on proposed new pedestrian priority zones, changes to bus stop locations, revised servicing and delivery times and some changes to on-street parking. 

This follows on from the consultation which took place before the pandemic. We have listened to feedback and made changes to the proposals, which we will be sharing with the community.

We are currently and will continue to engage with businesses and provide an opportunity for everyone to share their opinions, feedback, support, or objections on the proposals. Information on how and where you can view the proposals will be available on our website but if you would like to have details of the TRO sent to you, please send your email address or postal address to Alternatively, you can leave an answerphone message on 0191 278 2767 with a contact number.

Following the consultation, all feedback shared will be reviewed ahead of a final decision being made on implementing the plans.

Further details can be found on our city centre transport improvements information page.

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If you would like to share your views about our plans for the city centre, please email

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