Our Newcastle recovery
We’ve worked 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.
As part of this we've made some changes to city-wide transport networks to meet the increasing demand for space to walk and cycle and create space to allow social distancing.
We're 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.
We're expecting the city centre to be very busy from Wednesday 2 December when national lockdown restrictions end and non-essential shops can reopen.
We are encouraging everyone to help prevent traffic congestion on key routes and overcrowding in main shopping areas by planning your journeys and thinking about where you park if you are driving.
In particular we are expecting the main car parks on Percy Street - Eldon Garden and Eldon Square - to be very busy and we are asking people to avoid them.
Please check out the information on alternative car parks, including their sat nav post codes and average walking times from the main shopping area of the city centre, to help you plan your journey.
Further information on how busy the city centre is, along with which car parks have spaces, can be found at https://howbusyistoon.com/.
Look out for the electronic road signs on main routes into town as they will also provide up to date travel and parking information at key points to enable you to change route in time to reach an alternative car park.
For the latest traffic and travel updates on social media follow @NELiveTraffic on Twitter.
We'll have city hosts back on Northumberland Street to help ensure people follow the one-way system and maintain social distancing.
And we're reminding everyone that there may be fewer toilet facilities available with bars, cafes and restaurants being closed other than for take-away, collection or delivery service.
As well as parking in one of the least busy car parks people are also encouraged to use contactless payment methods – such as pay by phone – where possible.
Additional cleaning throughout city council car parks is taking place to keep people safe and parking staff will be directing drivers at the main multi-storey car parks to help them to find a space as quickly as possible.
One of the streets where we have made some big changes is Grey Street. We know these changes could make it difficult for some of our residents, including blind and visually impaired people, to find their way around. To help with this we have produced a guide to the new layout which you can listen to using a screen reader. You can find the guide here.
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.
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.
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You can get in touch with us if you would like to tell us about any improvements you would like to see in your area to encourage more walking and cycling or widened pavements for social distancing. We're also keen to hear about journeys to school. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org