Update on Barras Bridge and Haymarket improvements

Newcastle City Council has secured £2m from the government's Transforming Cities Fund to improve the area around Barras Bridge and the Haymarket, one of the busiest pedestrian areas in the city.

The University is also contributing over £700,000 to the scheme, which will be used to make permanent changes to the road layout, based on the temporary arrangements which have been in place since the end of 2017. Those arrangements have seen more space created for people on foot, widened pedestrian crossings put in place and a simplified road layout for people in cars.​

The Council has informed the University that work will begin on our side of Barras Bridge very shortly, during the week commencing 3 June. This work will include kerb replacement and new flags between the King's Walk crossing, and southbound towards the junction with St Mary's Place and Percy Street. Footpaths in these areas will be narrowed, but there should not be any footpath closure or restricted access, including into the University. 

The programme of work in this area is due to last approximately 9 weeks, and there will be temporary traffic lights in place for a portion of this time. 

More information will be shared as we get it.

published on: 31st May 2019