Plans unveiled for £50m transformation of Newcastle City Centre
Video report by Amy Lea
Plans for a £50 million transformation of Newcastle City Centre have been unveiled by the council.
Leaders say the plans are part of a wider recovery plan to support the city in its recovery following the devastating impact of Covid-19.
The City Centre Transformation Programme (CCTP) is expected to bring significant investment to the area.
Where will the money come from?
The council has already secured over £20 million to begin transforming a number of citycentre streets this summer. The council says the remaining £30 million can be "secured through a mix of grant funding and private investment with key partners".
What will change?
Traffic to be removed from Blackett Street
Grey Street will become the primary pedestrian route between the city centre andQuayside
Northumberland Street will have more greenery
Ridley Place will be pedestrianised for local independent retailers and popup stalls
Saville Row will showcase local products and art
Leader of Newcastle City Council, Cllr Nick Forbes, said: “City centres are changing, and they must adapt to survive as now more people are shopping online and climate change has increased the urgency for cleaner, greener spaces."
He added: “Newcastle is a premier shopping destination with a bright future and we will work with retailers, the Grainger Market, hospitality and all businesses – in the immediate term to reopen safely in COVID secure, socially distanced way and on these plans which will set us on a new path to create a re-energised city centre.
“We want Newcastle to be an attractive, modern successful city that is carbon neutral by2030 where children can grow safely and reach their full potential in life – and that is whatthese plans are all about.”