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Pilgrim Street in Newcastle city centre to close from Monday for demolition works

By Nicole Goodwin

A busy part of Newcastle city centre is set to close for approximately seven weeks to allow for major construction work.

Newcastle City Council is advising of the closure of a section of Pilgrim Street from Monday, May 16, to allow for the demolition of Commercial Union House, which extends over the street.

The road will be closed to vehicles in both directions from New Bridge Street West to Market Street until Sunday, July 3. Hood Street will also be closed to vehicles during this time, with the exception of servicing vehicles.

Read more: Tyne Bridge to be shut for essential inspections that will pave way for £41m restoration

Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times.

For the first two weeks of the works, pedestrian access on the west side of the affected section of Pilgrim Street, away from the works, will be restricted to between 6am and 6pm to allow for the safe removal of the top of the building. Following this two-week period, this section of the pavement will be accessible at all times.

Pedestrian access to Hood Street via this section of Pilgrim Street will also be limited to these times for the first two weeks.

This work forms part of the plans for Pilgrim Street and New Bridge Street West that will boost the regeneration of this area and the wider city centre, supporting investment, growth and job creation across the city.

Changes to bus services

Stagecoach advised passengers on their website that there are no changes to timetables and buses will generally be diverted to run via Market Street East and John Dobson Street rather than via Pilgrim Street and New Bridge Street West. Customers are therefore advised to use the following alternate bus stops:

  • Service 1 towards Coach Lane, please use existing stop at Market Street west (Central Arcade).
  • Service 1 towards Slatyford and Buddle Road, please use new stop on Market Street west (Dat Bar).
  • Service 10, 11 towards North Kenton, please use new stop on Market Street west (Lloyds Bank).
  • Service 10, 11 towards West Denton Shops and West Denton Park, please use new stop on Market Street west (Lola Jeans).
  • Service 22, 22X towards Cobalt, please use a new stop on Market Street west (Central Arcade). Note these buses will use a stop closer to Grey Street, rather than the bus stop near Grainger Street.
  • Service 22, 22X towards Throckley, please use existing Grainger Street stop, or a new stop on Market Street East (Broadacre House). Services 22/22X will also no longer stop at Dat Bar.
  • Service 30/31 towards Fawdon and Montagu, please use new stop on Market Street west (Virgin Money).
  • Service 30/31 towards Whickham View and Fenham, please use new stop on Market Street west (Dat Bar).
  • Service 32/32A towards Walker, please use new stop on New Bridge Street West.
  • Service 32/32A towards Montagu, please use new stop on John Dobson Street (outside Laing).
  • Service 35 towards Fawdon, please use new stop on Market Street west (Virgin Money).
  • Service 38 towards Freeman Hospital, please use new stop on Market Street west (Lloyds Bank).
  • Service 38 towards Whickham View, please use new stop on Market Street west (Lola Jeans).
  • Services X24, X24A, X34 towards Sunderland and South Tyneside, please use a new stop on lower Pilgrim Street (Hoochie Coochie).

GoNorthEast informed passengers on their website that there will be some changes to bus stops in Newcastle due to the ongoing development works on Pilgrim Street. The changes are as follows:

VOLTRA 53 and QuayCity Q3

From May 16, these services will serve a new stop outside Theatre Royal instead of Market Street West.

The Q3 heading towards Great Park will move from Pilgrim Street near Virgin Money to a new stop on Pilgrim Street outside Hoochie Coochie.

Green Arrow 97

From May 16, this service will move stops on Market Street West, and will join other Tyne Bridge services in terminating at Market Street East.

Coaster 1

From May 16, the route will be revised from Gateshead to Newcastle via Redheugh Bridge, observing stops along the route, and moving its main stop from Market Street East to Market Street West.

From May 21, there will be a new timetable to reflect this longer route. This means that Coaster 1 will no longer serve Bournemouth Gardens in Whitley Bay, instead terminating in the town centre.

It will still serve Bournemouth Gardens on Sundays. View new timetable from May 21

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