Update - September 2017

We have started work on improvements in the Barras Bridge and Haymarket area. This will include the creation of more space for people on foot as well as measures to reduce congestion and improve air quality in the city centre.

All routes will remain open during the works but people driving in this part of the city are advised that there could be delays during peak times. Work has been scheduled to ensure it is completed in advance of the busy Christmas shopping period.

Following public engagement and discussions with city centre businesses, we have made some changes to the original proposals for Barras Bridge.

Key parts of the work include:

  • Widening pavements to create extra space and improve safety for people on foot.
  • Simplifying the road layout for people in vehicles by reducing the number of traffic lanes on the approach to Percy Street and St Mary's Place, from three lanes to two.
  • Making it safer for people using the pedestrian crossing by making it narrower and quicker to cross due to the fewer lanes of traffic. This also benefits people in vehicles as it means they won't have to wait as long for the lights to change back to green.
  • Upgrading traffic signals here and elsewhere in the city centre - including on Market Street and Newgate Street - to better manage traffic flows.

We'll be making the changes to the pavements and road layout using temporary materials so that we can monitor the impact of the changes and make adjustments if necessary before permanent measures are put in place.

We will continue to work with city centre businesses and partners as we measure the impact of the changes we are implementing.

Feedback from our engagement events in October:

Many thanks to everyone who took part in our engagement events. Over 2,000 people visited the City Centre North engagement website - http://www.letstalknewcastle.co.uk/transport with 443 comments received. We are currently reviewing the responses and will be in touch in due course.

Engagement in October 2015

We want to invest up to £10m to overhaul key city centre roads to make it easier for people on foot, bikes and buses to get around while improving safety and cutting down on pollution.  

Barras Bridge, St Mary’s Place, Percy Street, Great North Road, Claremont Road and Queen Victoria Road will get new traffic light technology to better manage traffic flow and access to car parks.  

The scheme will also redesign road layouts. 


The proposals for the city centre include installing intelligent traffic signals that can be altered remotely to smooth out traffic flows and provide real time updates on availability of car parking spaces.  

 Re-designing road space and improving access to bus stations with new bus gates will see motorists redirected and reduce rat running. 

 Where possible, pavements will be widened and greater space given to people on foot and on bikes and will link with the council’s flagship cycle scheme and bus improvements on John Dobson Street.  

One of the key proposals is Barras Bridge – a gateway to the city and also to Newcastle University. It is part of the council’s proposed cycle network and provides direct access to bus stations, car parking, and click and collect facilities, making the area more suitable for people on foot, given the high footfall of students and other people in the area, including those heading to the RVI. 

Proposals for Percy Street – a key route for public transport – would see access to car parks changed and the introduction of restrictions to limit traffic in this street. This street is heavily congested with traffic queuing for the car parks in peak times and the new proposals would see some cars re-routed through alternative access via Strawberry Place and Leazes Road. 


The full proposals include:  

Barras Bridge 

Better crossings making it safer and easier for people on foot 

New and widened footpaths and public space 

A segregated two-way cycle track 

New, more efficient traffic light junctions, keeping traffic moving 

St Mary’s Place 

De-cluttering and widening the pavement closest to Northumberland Street 

A new road layout which retains bus priority and access to car parking and click and collect facilities while also enhancing facilities for people on foot or bikes  

New, more efficient traffic light junctions 

Reduction in through traffic as a result of selected bus and authorised vehicle-only movements at the junction with John Dobson Street 


Percy Street

relocated crossings to ensure people on foot can cross the road and that traffic flows are managed better 

enhanced cycling facilities 

relocation of entrance and exit from Eldon Garden Multi Storey Car Park 

access maintained to bus stations, Click and Collect facility and Eldon Square Multi Storey Car Park 


Queen Victoria Road 

new road and footpath surfaces 

restrictions to remove through traffic while retaining access for public transport and authorised vehicles (including residents) as well as access to the proposed Multi Storey Car Park at the RVI 

reduced traffic levels that will improve air quality and reduce noise 

new and improved crossings making it safer and improving access to the RVI 


Claremont Road

better facilities in both directions to make it safer and easier for people on bikes 

retaining access for all vehicles turning right into Claremont Road from the Great North Road but implementing a partial restriction at the junction with Barras Bridge, restricting the exit from Claremont Road to buses and authorised vehicles only 


Great North Road

a segregated two-way cycle track linking the north of the city centre to residential areas 

a reduction in the speed limit 

a new signalised crossing that will improve access across the Great North Road while also giving priority to the off-slip from the Central Motorway East 

You can comment on our plans at www.letstalknewcastle.co.uk/transport   until 8 November 2015. 

The improvements planned are part of the council’s Re-Newcastle programme that will see over £60m invested in the city’s infrastructure over the next five years.

Page last updated: 
11 September 2017
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