Our Newcastle recovery
As coronavirus restrictions start to ease, we’re working with a with a range of partners, including NE1, Northumbria Police, the universities and the NHS Trust to ensure that the city is a safe and welcoming place for people.
This includes looking at how city-wide transport networks can be changed to enable people to travel to and around the city, while maintaining social distance, and to meet the increasing demand for space to walk and cycle. You can read the full press release here.
We will be using temporary materials such as cones, tapes and vinyl markings to begin with. This will allow us to assess how well measures are working, before putting in semi-permanent infrastructure.
We are also looking at how these short-term changes can help us deliver longer-term ambitions for a cleaner and greener transport network that encourages and supports more active travel and a reduction in car journeys.
New measures and road layouts, starting in the city centre, are being introduced to meet the need to get the city moving in a safe way.
Changes are being made to help us manage the flow of people walking and queuing on the city’s main shopping streets, including the introduction of one-way pedestrian systems and markings on the ground to indicate the 2m distance, walkways and queuing areas.
You can find out more about the measures that we've already put in place on Northumberland Street and in green open spaces in the city centre here.
City hosts will be out and about in the city centre for the first few weeks to help people understand the new system both for how to get about the area, and where to queue. Read more about the city hosts.
Newcastle's COVID Control Plan
The Newcastle COVID Control Plan sets out the collaborative approach to be taken in Newcastle to prevent a new COVID-19 outbreak in the city as well as the response and control plans that would need to be implemented in the event of an outbreak.
To read more and view the full plan click here.
Support for business
With the re-opening of non-essential shops from the 15 June, our Public Safety and Regulation team have provided some detailed guidance on health and safety and working safely.
Our www.newcastle.gov.uk/covidbusinesssupport page has detailed information on the packages of financial support that is available to businesses.
Information to assist businesses in working safely at this time can be found on our working safely page.
And information, and a check list of what businesses that are reopening may need to do, can be found on our business reopening page.
We installed social distancing measures on some local high streets. Some of the measures have been removed and some plans have been tweaked following input local ward councillors, residents and community groups. Go here for more information.
Reducing traffic in neighbourhoods
A series of bridges in local areas that have been identified as being used by higher levels of traffic than is appropriate, will be closed to traffic to meet the rising demand for better walking and cycling facilities in residential areas.
The bridges include:
- Salters Bridge, Parklands ward
- Castle Farm Road, Dene and South Gosforth
- Haldane Bridge, South Jesmond
- Argyle Street Bridge, Ouseburn
- Stoneyhurst Bridge, Dene and South Gosforth
Go here to find out more
Improving public transport
Our plans include improving the public transport network to give buses more efficient routes and to provide more space on key roads that could be used by people on bikes or potentially electric scooters.
Ensuring buses do not get caught in traffic will also help to avoid longer queues and larger groups of people waiting at bus stops.