When will Blackett Street be closing?

We are planning to close Blackett Street to all traffic during 10 weekends this summer while the Great Exhibition of the North takes place.

Blackett Street to close for weekend events

There’ll be a series of exciting weekend events taking place on #BlackettStreet this summer during the Great Exhibition of the North 2018. The street will be closed while the events are on so buses that normally go that way will be rerouted and alternative bus stops will be in use. Here’s all you need to know: https://bit.ly/2JtvbCN

Posted by Our Newcastle, our great city on Wednesday, 6 June 2018

The first of these weekend closures took place on Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July.

This weekend (11 and 12 August) Blackett Street will be transformed into a green space with seating and family activities.

The closures take place every weekend, and on Bank Holiday Monday on 27 August, until and including the 1st and 2nd of September.

Why is this happening?

We’re doing this to enable a series of events to take place on and around Blackett Street during the Great Exhibition.

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

We also hope that removing traffic from the street will create a more pleasant area for residents and the many thousands of visitors who will be in the city during the Great Exhibition.

We'd like to know what you think.

We'd like to hear what you think about Blackett Street being closed during the 10 weekends this summer.

You can record your thoughts and observations here on how the street being closed makes a difference - good or bad - to your experience of travelling to and being in the city centre.

Have your say

During some of the weekend closures there will be on street surveys taking place so if you are approached it would be great if you could spare a few minutes to answer some quick questions.You can also complete the survey online at Let's Talk Newcastle.

What are the events taking place on Blackett Street?

There are a range of events planned to take place on Blackett Street.

The timetable of events is as follows:

  • 30 June and 1 July - Family Fun Weekend
  • 7 and 8 July - Family Fun Weekend
  • 14 and 15 July - Family Fun Weekend
  • 21 and 22 July – Pride March (Saturday) and Active Newcastle events
  • 28 and 29 July – HSBC Let’s Ride and Active Newcastle events
  • 4 and 5 August – Newcastle Motor Show
  • 11 and 12 August - Family Fun Weekend
  • 18 and 19 August - Family Fun Weekend
  • 25, 26 and 27 August (Bank holiday weekend) – Arts/Northern food market (Mela weekend)
  • 1 and 2 September - Family Fun Weekend

Will there be different arrangements in place for buses which normally stop on Blackett Street?

Yes, there will be alternative arrangements in place as the bus stops on Blackett Street would not be in use at all during these 10 weekend closures.

Temporary bus stops will be located nearby on Newgate Street, which is less than three minutes’ walk from Blackett Street. There are also a number of other city centre bus stops which you might want to use depending on which part of town you are heading to.

There are also a number of nearby taxi ranks. This leaflet shows where the nearest taxi ranks are located.

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.

This map has details of where the alternative bus stops are, including the temporary ones on Newgate Street.

Further details of changes to bus services and other public transport information can be found at www.nexus.org.uk.

The bus stops on Blackett Street are convenient and accessible due to their central location. Will these changes make it harder for people to get into town by bus?

The city centre will remain accessible to bus passengers during the 10 weekend closures of Blackett Street.

All of the alternative and temporary bus stops are still within a short distance of the main shopping area.

The temporary stops round the corner on Newgate Street are all within three minutes's walk  from Blackett Street.

There are also other stops in the city centre which might be more convenient for you to use or closer to where you are going.

What does this mean for businesses on Blackett Street?

Access would be restricted during these weekends and discussions will be held with those premises affected in order to make suitable arrangements.

Will this lead to a permanent closure of Blackett Street?

It is part of our long-term plans for the city centre to permanently remove through traffic from Blackett Street.

However, these weekend closures are simply temporary arrangements to facilitate a number of events during the Great Exhibition of the North.

There are no final decisions in relation to the longer-term future of Blackett Street and any proposed changes would be subject to wider consultation.

Where can I find more information about the Great Exhibition of the North?

You can find further information about the Great Exhibition of the North at https://getnorth2018.com/.

Page last updated: 
9 August 2018
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