City centre improvements

City centre improvements

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Introduction

The council and its partners are delivering on a long-term vision to transform Newcastle City Centre. Through a series of interventions on some of the major thoroughfares and some of the quieter streets at the heart of our city centre, we will be making our city a more welcoming and attractive place for everyone. The City Centre Transformation Programme (CCTP) will deliver a cleaner, greener heart of the city that will benefit its people for generations to come. We will create a unique European destination for tourism, business and investment that people can continue to be proud of, attracting further investment and allowing Newcastle to continue to grow for its communities.

A key part of achieving the vision for the transformation of the city centre is addressing the way in which we use our streets, including plans to remove vehicle traffic from some areas of the city. The proposed changes to the transport network are critical to enabling the wider programme and we are now in a position to share the detail of these changes, and collect formal feedback and comments on the plans.

We are proposing to remove the vast majority of vehicular traffic from Blackett Street, New Bridge Street West and the northern section of Pilgrim Street.

This includes rerouting buses and in some instances amending delivery times and the location of loading bays. This would allow the focus of these central streets to be on people and other uses, not on vehicles.

At present, these central streets are not as welcoming as they could be. There is limited space for people to use and enjoy their surroundings, and we feel these changes would enable businesses to use the space differently. 

We have a vision to transform this area into a green gateway into the city, connecting surrounding streets with spaces to stop and socialise. We want to see more emphasis on biodiversity and greenery, with trees, planting, public spaces and artwork much more prominent.

To realise this vision, we feel we need to remove motor vehicles. This would be done through a legal process called a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) and we are now consulting on these changes.

Before the pandemic, we spoke to local businesses about changing vehicle access on Blackett Street, 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.

Overview

A TRO – or Traffic Regulation Order – is a legal act that restricts or prohibits certain uses of the highway network and are implemented in cities to re-allocate traffic. A TRO is a formal legal process, and an order is published before highways changes are implemented. Once the order is published, a period of statutory consultation begins ahead of a decision being made.

This consultation process is now open and will end at 5pm on Friday 15th October. This is an opportunity for everybody to have their say on our proposals. When the consultation period has ended, all of the feedback received will be analysed and changes to the proposals made where possible, before final decision as to whether or not to make these changes. 

A plan of all of the changes proposed for the city centre is available here. The details of each of the proposals are outlined below, divided into three main categories:

Changes to bus operations

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Blackett Street, New Bridge Street West and Pilgrim Street would be closed to buses. This map details proposed changes to the bus stops. 

Proposed changes to bus operations include:

Relocation of buses from Blackett Street, the northern section of Pilgrim Street and New Bridge Street West onto surrounding roads. This would effectively create a ‘bus loop’ around the core of the city centre. This central area would then be focused on people, with limited access for vehicles. The surrounding roads would then include: 

  • Grainger Street
  • John Dobson Street
  • Market Street
  • Newgate Street
  • Percy Street
  • St Mary's Place

New and/or improved stops would be provided in the following locations:

  • Grainger Street
  • Grey Street (north)
  • John Dobson Street
  • Market Street
  • Newgate Street

Shelters and seating would be provided as far as possible in new / improved stop locations. 

We are not able to confirm at this time where individual services would be relocated to, as this is not a decision for the council.

We have prepared a potential reallocation of stops and can provide information about where different buses could stop. If this is something you would like access to, please contact us. 

Exemptions would be in place for emergency vehicles at all times.

Have your say on these proposals by filling in the response form

Road closures and loading restrictions

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Proposed changes to loading restrictions would include both changes to locations of loading bays and to delivery times in various places.

 

  • Motorised vehicle access for servicing and deliveries would only be permitted between the hours of 10pm and 8.30am on Northumberland Street, Blackett Street, New Bridge Street West and Pilgrim Street (north) and Grey Street/Grainger Street around the Monument
  • Servicing and deliveries in the pedestrianised area around the Grainger Market (e.g. on Nelson Street / Clayton Street) would remain as they are
  • One-way restrictions for delivery access currently in place on Grainger Street / Grey Street would be reversed to the other direction with access via Grey Street and exit from Grainger Street
  • The collection of waste and waste disposal services and vehicular Royal Mail deliveries would also be subject to the above servicing and delivery restrictions
  • Servicing and delivery by cargo bike would not be impacted by the above restrictions
  • Dedicated cycle provision to be provided on New Bridge Street West between John Dobson Street and Pilgrim Street
  • There would be some space for 24 hour loading provision with a 1 hour limit in the following locations:
    • Clayton Street
    • Grainger Street
    • Hood Street
    • Market Street (West)
    • North Street
    • Nun Street
    • Pilgrim Street (south of Hood Street)
    • Shakespeare Street
  • There would be some space for part time loading provision (between 8am and 6:30pm with a 1 hour limit) in the following locations:
    • Clayton Street
    • Northumberland Road
    • Northumberland Street Service Road
    • Shakespeare Street

Exemptions would be in place for emergency vehicles at all times.

Have your say on these proposals by filling in the response form

Parking and Taxi Ranks

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Proposals for parking in the city centre include:

  • On street public pay and display parking would be removed on the city centre streets included in this TRO boundary.
  • Blue badge parking provision would be provided in the following locations:
    • Clayton Street
    • Hood Street
    • North Street
    • Northumberland Road
    • Nun Street
    • Shakespeare Street
  • 24 hour taxi rank provision would be located in the following locations:
    • Clayton Street
    • Leazes Park Road
    • Northumberland Road
    • Prudhoe Place
    • Shakespeare Street
  • Part time taxi rank provision (various times) would be located in the following streets;
    • Clayton Street
    • Northumberland Road
    • Northumberland Street Service Road
    • St Mary’s Place
  • Private hire vehicles would still be able to pick up and drop off passengers at appropriate locations around the city centre.
  • Exemptions would be in place for emergency vehicles at all times.

Have your say on these proposals by filling in the response form

Have your say on the proposals

There are a number of ways you will be able to contact us during this period to ask questions and provide your comments and views, including:

  • Filling in an online response form, or completing the same form in hard copy and returning to us. You can also send written responses to City Centre Transformation Project, Transport Team, 10th Floor, Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QH.
  • Requesting a telephone call to go through the response form with a member of staff who will record your views for you Participating in a group session online.
  • In person at staffed drop in stalls in various locations around the city centre:
    • Session 1 – Eldon Square, food quarter, Monument entrance – Thursday 16th September, 3pm until 7pm
    • Session 2 – Newcastle City Centre Library – Tuesday 21st September, 11am until 3pm
    • Session 3 -  Brunswick Methodist Church, Brunswick Place – Thursday 23rd September, 11am until 1pm
    • Session 4 -  Grainger Market -  Wednesday 27th  September, 11am until 3pm
  • You can view large scale proposals at our display stand situated on the ground floor of Newcastle City Library until 15 October. Staff will be on hand to answer questions at the library on Thursday 14 October between 11am and 2pm and on Friday 15 October between 3pm and 5pm.

To find out more or share your views, contact us:

Consultation documents

Newsletter

Listen and download as mp3

Intro (409kb, mp3)

Audio file

TRO Newsletter (15.6mb, mp3)

Audio file

Cabinet Report Part 1 (19.9mb, mp3)

Audio file

Cabinet Report Part 2 (9.75, mp3)

Audio file

 

 

Need more information?

You can find out more on our vision for the city centre pages.

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