TRO Traffic Regulation Order

Have your say on the proposed city centre traffic changes.

Changes to bus operations

Blackett Street, New Bridge Street West and Pilgrim Street would be closed to buses. This map details proposed changes to the bus stops. 

Proposed changes to bus operations include:

Relocation of buses from Blackett Street, the northern section of Pilgrim Street and New Bridge Street West onto surrounding roads. This would effectively create a ‘bus loop’ around the core of the city centre. This central area would then be focused on people, with limited access for vehicles. The surrounding roads would then include: 

  • Grainger Street
  • John Dobson Street
  • Market Street
  • Newgate Street
  • Percy Street
  • St Mary's Place

New and/or improved stops would be provided in the following locations:

  • Grainger Street
  • Grey Street (north)
  • John Dobson Street
  • Market Street
  • Newgate Street

Shelters and seating would be provided as far as possible in new / improved stop locations. 

We are not able to confirm at this time where individual services would be relocated to, as this is not a decision for the council.

We have prepared a potential reallocation of stops and can provide information about where different buses could stop. If this is something you would like access to, please contact us. 

Exemptions would be in place for emergency vehicles at all times.

Road closures and loading restrictions

Road closures map

Proposed changes to loading restrictions would include both changes to locations of loading bays and to delivery times in various places.

  • Motorised vehicle access for servicing and deliveries would only be permitted between the hours of 10pm and 8.30am on Northumberland Street, Blackett Street, New Bridge Street West and Pilgrim Street (north) and Grey Street/Grainger Street around the Monument
  • Servicing and deliveries in the pedestrianised area around the Grainger Market (e.g. on Nelson Street / Clayton Street) would remain as they are
  • One-way restrictions for delivery access currently in place on Grainger Street / Grey Street would be reversed to the other direction with access via Grey Street and exit from Grainger Street
  • The collection of waste and waste disposal services and vehicular royal mail deliveries would also be subject to the above servicing and delivery restrictions
  • Servicing and delivery by cargo bike would not be impacted by the above restrictions
  • Dedicated cycle provision to be provided on New Bridge Street West between John Dobson Street and Pilgrim Street
  • There would be some space for 24 hour loading provision with a 1 hour limit in the following locations:
    • Clayton Street
    • Grainger Street
    • Hood Street
    • Market Street (West)
    • North Street
    • Nun Street
    • Pilgrim Street (south of Hood Street)
    • Shakespeare Street
  • There would be some space for part time loading provision (between 8am and 6:30pm with a 1 hour limit) in the following locations:
    • Clayton Street
    • Northumberland Road
    • Northumberland Street Service Road
    • Shakespeare Street

Exemptions would be in place for emergency vehicles at all times.

Parking and Taxi Ranks

Parking map

Proposals for parking in the city centre include:

  • On street public pay and display parking would be removed on the city centre streets included in this TRO boundary.
  • Blue badge parking provision would be provided in the following locations:
    • Clayton Street
    • Hood Street
    • North Street
    • Northumberland Road
    • Nun Street
    • Shakespeare Street
  • 24 hour taxi rank provision would be located in the following locations:
    • Clayton Street
    • Leazes Park Road
    • Northumberland Road
    • Prudhoe Place
    • Shakespeare Street
  • Part time taxi rank provision (various times) would be located in the following streets;
    • Clayton Street
    • Northumberland Road
    • Northumberland Street Service Road
    • St Mary’s Place
  • Private hire vehicles would still be able to pick up and drop off passengers at appropriate locations around the city centre.
  • Exemptions would be in place for emergency vehicles at all times.

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