Blackett Street Pedestrianisation.

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(21 Sep 2021, 7:38 pm)Adrian Wrote: Yep, a massive lack of planning and foresight. There's no way that both of those locations should have been redeveloped with a change of use. 

The issue now is of course where would you put a new bus station? The site on the junction of Westmorland Road and Blandford Street would probably be most suitable, and of course not too far from the original Marlborough Crescent.

The problem with that location is how far it is away from most of the city, I've heard a lot of criticism that the Coach Station is too far from the City Centre. Can't see anything happening unless Nexus actually start caring about bus travel and start a big push and get a lot of money to do something about it.
The old Odeon site would have been ideal for a new bus station. It would've been also theoretically possible to configure Pilgram Street the same way Bewick Street was back in the 80s. Make it all one-way southbound facing and remove the central-reservation to accommodate bus stands.
(21 Sep 2021, 7:38 pm)Adrian Wrote: Yep, a massive lack of planning and foresight. There's no way that both of those locations should have been redeveloped with a change of use. 

The issue now is of course where would you put a new bus station? The site on the junction of Westmorland Road and Blandford Street would probably be most suitable, and of course not too far from the original Marlborough Crescent.

Personally I'd go for the opposite end of town, either on the Dex Car Park, Newcastle Building Society, New Croft Centre, The Newbridge Hotel. Take your pick which as they're all eyesores and mostly abandoned.

Least the Gateshead head services can then come in straight off the Central Motorway and go out without touching Newcastle at all, if they want to use the High Level Bridge they can go via Mosley Street.

I know someone will say people don't want a bus from there but there's no issues with Haymarket at the other side of town which is just as far out the way for the main shopping places. It'd also help regenerate what's the absolute toilet end of Newcastle to be polite especially when Blackett Street and Pilgrim Street is pedestrianised, it would connect quite well.

Depending where you built it you could possibly link Manor Metro and Manors Railway stations to them aswell.
Don’t know what street what in Newcastle but is Blackett Street the one what has Eldon Square in it and the buses go under the bridge connecting the two parts of it because if it is then this really is a stupid idea.
(21 Sep 2021, 9:58 pm)Storx Wrote: Personally I'd go for the opposite end of town, either on the Dex Car Park, Newcastle Building Society, New Croft Centre, The Newbridge Hotel. Take your pick which as they're all eyesores and mostly abandoned.

Least the Gateshead head services can then come in straight off the Central Motorway and go out without touching Newcastle at all, if they want to use the High Level Bridge they can go via Mosley Street.

I know someone will say people don't want a bus from there but there's no issues with Haymarket at the other side of town which is just as far out the way for the main shopping places. It'd also help regenerate what's the absolute toilet end of Newcastle to be polite especially when Blackett Street and Pilgrim Street is pedestrianised, it would connect quite well.

Depending where you built it you could possibly link Manor Metro and Manors Railway stations to them aswell.

Haymarket is bang in the middle. Direct access to Eldon Sq through M&S, Northumberland St and a few minutes cut through to Blackett St. 

The whole NewBridge, Pilgrim area is owned by the Reuben Bros, the dex is due to come down as part of the East Pilgrim St project, hence New Bridge St and Pilgrim St closing. 

New Bridge Hotel is being demolished to become a sky scraper complex. 

that whole area is on the up and developers sure as hell ain’t gonna pop a bus station in there. Newcastle Building Society sold Portland House for a huge profit last year, mid pandemic which shows you the value in the area. 

Newcastle doesn’t have enough land spare or the political will. The only sites that look like they will open up are Forth Banks area and the arena but if Marlborough Crescent was too far, these are even worse.
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(21 Sep 2021, 11:48 pm)Ambassador Wrote: Haymarket is bang in the middle. Direct access to Eldon Sq through M&S, Northumberland St and a few minutes cut through to Blackett St. 

The whole NewBridge, Pilgrim area is owned by the Reuben Bros, the dex is due to come down as part of the East Pilgrim St project, hence New Bridge St and Pilgrim St closing. 

New Bridge Hotel is being demolished to become a sky scraper complex. 

that whole area is on the up and developers sure as hell ain’t gonna pop a bus station in there. Newcastle Building Society sold Portland House for a huge profit last year, mid pandemic which shows you the value in the area. 

Newcastle doesn’t have enough land spare or the political will. The only sites that look like they will open up are Forth Banks area and the arena but if Marlborough Crescent was too far, these are even worse.

Forgot about the hotel plan for the Newbridge site mind it's a bit fantasy. It's not the Rueben brothers that though I don't believe, it's owned by someone else's name who's totally gone.

See I think a bus station at the other end of town is pointless and isn't going to fix anything. The Redheugh Bridge buses all go to Eldon Square and the Stagecoach services still need to get across town so it's not fixing the Market Street / Blackett Street problem and Stagecoach won't use it anyway as it's a massive diversion for the 62/63 etc.

Worsick is the problem bus station but like you said there's no political will to even attempt to do something never mind the space problem which mind has only been a problem til recently.
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