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Big changes for Newcastle city centre

Artist's impression of the new-look Northumberland Street. Credit: Newcastle City Council

Multi-million pound plans have been revealed to transform part of Newcastle's city centre.

A £3m package designed to make areas cleaner and more pedestrian-friendly is set to be approved by Newcastle City Council's cabinet.

The authority has said this will help to create a "world-renowned shopping and leisure destination".

This will start with Northumberland Street - where the pedestrianised area is set to be expanded - and its surrounding side streets to maker them clutter-free with new street furniture and managed for street trading, events and entertainment.

Artist's impression of the new-look Blackett Street. Credit: Newcastle City Council

It will also see people asked their views on the removal of buses on Blackett Street with priority there given to pedestrians and cyclists. The aim of this move is also to give easier access to the wider shopping, leisure and cultural quarter.

To deliver this the council will need to work with private sector partners.

Cllr Ged Bell, Cabinet Member for Inclusive Growth at Newcastle City Council said: “Newcastle is a great city and one that never stands still. Our plans for the city centre set the scene for the type of place we want to be, and we need to be bold and ambitious for its future.

“As the regional capital of the North East, our vision for the city centre can only be realised by taking a long term and collaborative approach, working with partners to deliver lasting economic growth that everyone can benefit from. This puts people at the heart of our plans, and helps to make Newcastle a truly accessible city for all.”

People and businesses will be asked their views in a formal consultation next year.