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Roads closed for Pegida march and rival demonstration

The roads will be closed for two rival demonstrations Credit: Bing/Axis

Northumbria Police have warned drivers in Newcastle they may face delays on Saturday as roads are closed for two rival marches.

The Bigg Market will be closed from 10am to make way for the Pegida rally at 11am. The protest is the first in the UK from the German group, which says it is against 'Militant Islam'.

A counter-demonstration is being held by Newcastle Unites, meeting at Gallowgate at 10:30am and marching a short distance to Newgate Street. Both roads will be closed from 10:30am.

There are no plans to close Clayton Street or Grainger Street.

Police said the city centre is likely to be busy all day as there are also Newcastle United and Gateshead football matches. Officers may need to close other roads temporarily.

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A1 closed northbound after accident

The A1 northbound has been closed between Newton-on-the-Moor and Shilbottle after an accident involving two vehicles.

Emergency services are at the scene of the crash at the junction of Newton-on-the-Moor and Longframlington.

Drivers are advised to avoid the area. The road is likely to remain closed until around 5pm.

There are no details at this stage of any injuries.

Metro closed South Gosforth to Haymarket

Disruption on Tyne and Wear Metro. Credit: Nexus

The Tyne and Wear Metro will be closed this weekend on one of the busiest stretches for planned modernisation work.

The service will not run between South Gosforth and Haymarket today and tomorrow as well as next weekend.

A replacement bus service is running but Nexus, who runs the Metro, advise passengers to allow more time for journeys.

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£50m bid to improve roads and bridges

Northumberland County Council has launched a £50m bid to improve the county’s road network.

The council has applied to the government’s Local Highway Maintenance Challenge Fund to improve the county’s more remote roads and repair over 130 bridges.

Councillors have put in a £43m bid to improve 100 miles of the rural road network in the north and west of the county over the next three years.

They have also submitted a £6.7m bid to repair 130 masonry arch bridges across the county.

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