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Easter Travel


Please find below information for a variety of transport links across Tyne & Wear during the Easter weekend including operator links for timetable changes.

Air

For up-to-date departures & arrivals from Newcastle Airport please visit http://www.newcastleairport.com/arrivals-departures


Bus

Arriva

Full info @ http://www.arrivabus.co.uk/North-East


Go North East

  • Good Friday - 18th April – Sunday service with changes
  • Saturday - 19th April – Normal Saturday service 
  • Easter Sunday - 20th April – Normal Sunday service
  • Easter Monday - 21st April – Sunday service with changes 
Full info @ http://www.simplygo.com/news/easter-bus-services-2014


Stagecoach

  • Good Friday - 18th April – Sunday service with changes
  • Saturday - 19th April – Normal Saturday service 
  • Easter Sunday - 20th April – Normal Sunday service
  • Easter Monday - 21st April – Sunday service with changes 
Full info for...


Ferry

The Shields Ferry will operate a normal ferry service over the Bank Holiday weekend. For ferry times visit http://www.nexus.org.uk/ferry/timetable.




Metro

  • Good Friday - 18th April – Sunday service with changes 
  • Saturday - 19th April – Normal Saturday service 
  • Easter Sunday - 20th April – Normal Sunday service
  • Easter Monday - 21st April – Sunday service with changes 

Full details of timetable changes available at http://www.nexus.org.uk/metro/updates?open=t_timetable-updates



Rail

CrossCountry

  • Good Friday - 18th April – Normal mid-week service subject to engineering work
  • Saturday - 19th April – Normal Saturday service subject to engineering work
  • Easter Sunday - 20th April – Normal Sunday service subject to engineering work
  • Easter Monday - 21st April – Normal mid-week service subject to engineering work

East Coast

  • Good Friday - 18th April – Amended timetable due to engineering work
  • Saturday - 19th April – Amended timetable due to engineering work
  • Easter Sunday - 20th April – Amended timetable due to engineering work
  • Easter Monday - 21st April – Amended timetable due to engineering work

First TransPennine Express

  • Good Friday - 18th April – Amended mid-week service
  • Saturday - 19th April – Amended service subject to engineering work
  • Easter Sunday - 20th April – Amended service subject to engineering work
  • Easter Monday - 21st April – Normal Monday service

Northern Rail

  • Good Friday - 18th April – Normal mid-week service
  • Saturday - 19th April – Normal Saturday service subject to engineering work
  • Easter Sunday - 20th April – Normal Sunday service subject to engineering work
  • Easter Monday - 21st April – Normal mid-week service

Full details of timetable changes & links to engineering work please visit http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/service_disruptions/72699.aspx



Plan your journey

It makes sense this holiday to plan your journey before you travel to avoid any issues. The links below will give you updates on travel within Tyne & Wear & further afield:



Twitter Feeds to follow:



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North Shields Good Friday Open Air Service @ Northumberland Sq.

Starting at 10:15hrs on Good Friday the 18th of April there will be a march around the town centre of North Shields with rolling Road closures to accommodate the procession.

The closures are as follows below and there will be no alternative route(s) during the rolling closures.

  • Northumberland Square at its Junction with upper Camden Street
  • West Percy Street at its Junction with Church Way
  • Bedford Street at its Junction with Russell Street, William Street and Saville Street
  • Saville Street
  • Saville Street at its Junction with Camden Street and Howard Street
  • Howard Street at its Junction with Northumberland Square.

The March is expected to finish at 11:15hrs however could well be sooner.



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South Tyneside Good Friday Parades


Several parades will be taking place in South Tyneside over 18th April on Good Friday in South Shields, Horsley Hill & West Harton. Road closures will be in-force for the following parades:


Laygate / South Shields Town Centre

Good Friday 18th April 2014 between 08:45 - 11:00

  • Laygate
  • Bedford Avenue
  • St Mark's Way
  • Victoria Road
  • West Back Westoe Road
  • Derby Terrace
  • Westoe Road
  • Fowler Street
  • Hedley Close
  • Mile End Road
  • Keppel Street
  • Chapter Row/Church Row

Horsley Hill

Good Friday 18th April 2014 between 09:20 - 11:00

  • Parts of Marsden Road
  • Barbour Avenue
  • Felton Avenue
  • Centenary Avenue
  • East Avenue
  • Kirkley Avenue

West Harton

Good Friday 18th April 2014 between 09:15 - 11:15

  • Parts of Harton Lane
  • Talbot Road
  • Westcott Road
  • Richmond Road
  • Ashley Road
  • Stanhope Road



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Wallsend Good Friday March

Starting at 10:00hrs on Good Friday the 18th of April there will be a march around the centre of Wallsend with rolling  Road closures in place to accommodate the procession.

The closures are as follows below and there will be no alternative route(s) during the rolling closures.

  • Frank Street
  • Atkinson Street
  • High Street West 
  • High Street West at its Junction with Carville Road
  • High Street West at its Junction with Station Road
  • Station Road at its Junction with Hawthorn Grove
  • Park Road at its Junction with North View
  • North View at its Junction with Grange Villas
  • North Road at its Junction with Kings Road South
  • Grange Villas at its Junction with The Green

The March is expected to finish at 11:30hrs however could well be sooner.



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North Tyneside 10Km Road Race - Easter Sunday 20th April 2014

Join over 2000 runners for the annual North Tyneside 10k Road Race - one of the most scenic races in the UK. The route starts from the Parks Sports Centre in North Shields before heading down to the historic Fish Quay, up a challenging climb to Tynemouth Priory and Castle, a dash along a picturesque stretch of coastline and finishing in the shadow of St. Marys Lighthouse. ( Map )

Ian Hudspith won the mens title in 2013 with a time of 30m 26s. Alyson Dixon holds the female title with a time of 34m 03s.
Entry fees are £17 for a non-UK Athletics Club member and £15 for members (registration number required).


For a race application form please follow this link Application form 
and for further information follow North Tyneside Council 
For the safety of the runners there will be a neccessity to have rolling road closures and parking restriction these are outlined below.

  • Howdon Road at the Junction of George Stephenson Way
  • Howdon Road at the junction of Minton Lane & Coach Lane
  • Prudhoe Street at the junction of Saville Street
  • Borough Road at the junction of Waldo Street & New Quay
  • Clive Street at the junction of Bedford Street
  • Liddell Street
  • Bell Street
  • Union Quay at the junction of Brewhouse Bank
  • Clifford Street at the junction of Union Road
  • Pier Road (Tynemouth)
  • Clifford Fort


The parking restriction at the car park at the Parks Sports Centre will be suspended from 07:00hrs to 13:00hrs on Sunday 20th of March 2014.

The approach road to St Marys Lighthouse and car park will also be closed from 06:00hrs to approximately 13:00hrs on Sunday 20th of March 2014.

Mini golf car park will also be closed from 06:00hrs to approximately 13:00hrs on Sunday the 20th of March 2014.

There is no alternative route for this rolling closure.
The penalty for infringement of the above regulation is a fine



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Sunderland Split Festival 2014


SUNDERLAND Split Festival has announced the headliners for the 2014 event will be Dizzee Rascal and Maximo Park and The Cribs.

The event will also move to Mowbray Park in the city centre and is being brought forward in the calendar, from its normal September time slot to the weekend of August the 9th and 10th Day tickets are £30 and weekend tickets £50.

The festival will be officially launched at the Museum and Winter Gardens  today 10/04/14 with tickets going on sale at 11:30hrs

Priced £30 for a day ticket and £50 for a weekend ticket, they will be available from www.splitfestival.com and www.ticketweb.co.uk



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Lobley Hill Road - Kingsway Roundabout Team Valley Trading Estate

Delays are to be expected as work begins on improvements at a key junction linking the A1 Western Bypass to the Team Valley Trading Estate and Gateshead. 

The £3.4m improvement scheme at the Maingate - Kingsway Roundabout on Lobley Hill Road is due to begin on January the 18th 2014. Lane closures will be in place for significant periods during the 30 week project and this is likely to significantly add to journey times, particularly during peak times.

The scheme is expected to ease congestion and improve public transport links.The Lobley Hill Road improvement programme is seen as the first part of linked works, which will also see major changes on the A1 Western Bypass relieving the third most congested "A" road in the country.

The improvements will include the introduction of traffic Signals on the roundabout, together with the creation of a Northbound bus and cycle lane on Kingsway itself and a Westbound bus lane between the roundabout and the A1 junction. In order to accommodate the new bus lane, the road will be widened rather than removing an existing lane used by all traffic.

Many bus journeys through the Kingsway roundabout at peak times currently face several minutes of delays due to congestion in the area. This is expected to be dramatically reduced.

The project is due for completion by July 2014 and will be followed almost immediately by the main A1 improvement works. During the works motorists are being warned that delays are inevitable with lane restrictions in place, to allow the widening and improvements.



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Park & Ride

Across Tyne & Wear there is a variety of Car Park & Ride facilities. At these locations users can interchange with either bus, cycle, metro, rail or taxi & avoid queues within city centres or possible full central car parks.

Car Park

District

Post Code

Interchange with...

Heworth

Gateshead

NE10 0NE

Bus, Cycle Parking, Metro, Rail & Taxi

Callerton Parkway

Newcastle

NE13 8DF

Cycle Parking & Metro

Great Park

Newcastle

NE13 9AA

Bus

Kingston Park

Newcastle

NE3 2SW

Cycle Parking & Metro

Regent Centre

Newcastle

NE3 3PF

Cycle Parking & Metro

Walkergate

Newcastle

NE6 4NT

Metro

Four Lane Ends

North Tyneside

NE7 7UJ

Bus, Cycle Parking, Metro & Taxi

Northumberland Park

North Tyneside

NE27 0SJ

Bus, Cycle Parking & Metro

Fellgate

South Tyneside

NE32 4QA

Metro

East Boldon

South Tyneside

NE36 0JZ

Cycle Parking & Metro

Stadium of Light

Sunderland

SR5 1JB

Cycle Parking & Metro




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Open Data

The Tyne & Wear UTMC officially launched it's Open Data Service at the Integrated Transport and Weather Information Pilot (ITWIP) event at Sunderland Software City on Friday 28th February 2014.

The principle of open data is to increase transparency and the sharing of information we hold with the wider community. Our service provides third party developers with access to a number of datasets sourced from the Tyne and Wear Urban Traffic Management Control (UTMC) system. Developers are then able to build useful applications using the data we have now made freely available.

Data that has been released includes travel and transport related datasets through the provision of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). The initial datasets made public include:

  • Air quality data
  • Car Parks
  • CCTV
  • Journey Times
  • SCOOT
  • Traffic – Accident
  • Traffic – Event
  • Traffic – Incident
  • Traffic – Roadwork
  • Weather station data

To get access please visit www.netraveldata.co.uk.

The Tyne & Wear Urban Traffic Management Control (UTMC) & the Open Data Service is provided by Newcastle City Council on behalf of the Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority.



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Other & Minor Distruptions

Swing Bridge Opening


The Swing Bridge, Bridge Street between Newcastle & Gateshead will be opened for approximately fifteen minutes at 1400 hrs on 02/04/2014 & 07/05/2014 for engineering works (subject to need).

The X Factor Auditions Sage Gateshead


X Factor Sage Gateshead

This year The X Factor auditions will be visiting 9 cities across the country and The Sage Gateshead has been selected as one of these venues so all you budding stars clear your throats and get ready to sing your hearts out and impress the pants off the judging panel as we all know Simon Cowell's are the hardest and highest to impress not forgetting that the lovely Cheryl Cole is also back on the Judges panel along with Dermot O'Leary as always presenting.

The Sage Gateshead Audition is on Wednesday the 30th of April starting at 09:00hrs, first come, first served. Please note, you must be 14 years or over to audition. Under 18s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please bring photo ID with you.
For more information on the X Factor Mobile & Open Audition Tour dates follow this link 

Getting There

For information getting to The Sage Gateshead from the A1 and also the local roads please follow this link 
For all other Car Parking and Park and Ride in the region please use our website under the Carparks Header.
  
  
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TEMPORARY SIGNAL Marconi Way & Long Rigg, Gateshead (Metrocentre)

Temporary traffic signals Marconi Way & Long Rigg, Gateshead (Metrocentre) for repairs to the A1 overpass bridges. Work will be carried out from 14/04/14 to 19/05/14. Expect local delays.

LANE CLOSURE A695 Scotswood Road, Newcastle

Lane closures on the A695 Scotswood Road Eastbound in Newcastle between the Scotswood Bridge & Whitehouse Road starting Monday the 14th of April for four weeks whilst works are carried out by Northumbrian Water Ltd. Heavy delays during peak traffic times expected.

TEMPORARY SIGNAL Commercial Rd, S.Shields

Temporary traffic lights on Commerical Rd, South Shields between Tudor Road & Station Road from Mon 14/04/14 to Sun 27/04/14 all day. Work is being carried out by Northern Powergrid on new electrical cable installation. Delays likely.

 
 
  
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