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Freedom City event – road closures


Oct 1, 2017 #Entertainment, #Events

Roads will be closed at various times between Friday 27 October and Wednesday 1 November 2017 as a major parade takes place on the Tyne Bridge.

The Tyne Bridge will play host to an epic civil rights performance on Sunday (29 October 2017) commemorating the 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King being awarded an honorary degree by Newcastle University.

Freedom City 2017 is a city-wide programme with a range of events taking place throughout the year.

The main roads affected in Newcastle include the Tyne Bridge – A167 (Central Motorway East) between New Bridge Street and Gateshead Council boundary – which will be closed on Sunday 29 October 2017 between 1pm and 8.30pm.

It is proposed to close the following roads on Sunday 29 October 2017 as part of the parade:

Road name Approximate closure time
Barras Bridge / Percy Street / St Marys Place junction 4.15 – 4.30pm
Blackett Street – between Grey Street and Northumberland Street 4.25 – 4.40pm
Grey Street – between Market Street and Mosley Street 4.30 – 5.05pm
Market Street – at junction with Grey Street 4.45 – 5pm
Shakespeare Street – between Grey Street and Pilgrim Street 4.30 – 5.05pm
High Bridge Street – between Grey Street and Bigg Market 4.30 – 5pm
Bigg Market – between Pudding Chare and High Bridge Street 4.15 – 4.35pm
Pudding Chare – between Westgate Road and Bigg Market 4.15 – 4.45pm
Fenkle Street – between Clayton Street and Westgate Road 4.20 – 4.30pm
Westgate Road – between Fenkle Street and Pudding Chare 4.20 – 4.30pm
Pilgrim Street – between Market Street and A167 (Tyne Bridge) 4.45 – 5.05pm
Worsick Street – Between Carliol Square and Pilgrim Street 4.45 – 5.05pm
Market Lane – Full length as access from Pilgrim Street 4.45 – 5.05pm
A167 (CME) – between New Bridge Street and Gateshead Council boundary 1 – 8.30pm
Quayside – between Sandhill and Broad Chare 4.10 – 4.45pm
Broad Chare – between Quayside and the Live theatre 4.20 – 4.50pm
Nelson Street – between Grainger Street and Clayton Street 4 – 4.40pm

In addition to the above closures, there will also be some restrictions and closures in place before and after the event to ensure public safety.

No vehicles that are 3.4 metres wide or 3.4m metres high will be allowed along:

(a) Tyne Bridge (in both directions) – from its junction with Pilgrim Street Roundabout in a southerly direction for its entire length within Newcastle City Boundary.

The restrictions in (a) above will be in place from:

  • 10pm on 27 October to 5am on 28 October 2017
  • 10pm on 28 October to 5am on 29 October 2017
  • 10pm on 30 October to 5am on 31 October 2017 (contingency)
  • 10pm on 31 October to 5am on 1 November 2017 (contingency)

For more information, please visit our road works and closures page here.

For more information about the event, please visit the Newcastle Gateshead Initiative (NGI) website here.

By Emily