One Core Plan (the local plan)

External link to the council’s One Core pages here


Strategic Objective 8: Improve sustainable access to, within and around the Urban Core by promoting fast and direct public transport links to the heart of the Urban Core, increasing walking and cycling and minimising through traffic

Delivered through policies

  • CS1, 2, 13 (strategies policies)
  • UC5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 (Urban Core policies)
  • NC1, 2 (Newcastle Central sub-area policies)
  • C1, 2 (civic sub-area policies)
  • D1, 2, 3 (Discovery sub-area policies)
  • QO1 (Newcastle Quayside and Ouseburn sub-area)
  • SG1, 2, 3 (Gateshead southern sub-areas)
  • QB1, 2, 3 (Gateshead Quay sub-area)
  • GC1, 2 (Gateshead sub-areas)
  • DEL1 (Infrastructure and Developer Contributions)

11. Transport and Accessibility (download full section pdf here)

Policy CS13 Transport: The enhancement and delivery of an integrated transport network to support sustainable development and economic growth (pp.86)

CS13.3. Ensuring development (…) vii. Provides for direct, safe, secure and continuous pedestrian and cycling links.


(11.1) Transport and accessibility are fundamental to the delivery of the Plan’s spatial strategy. It is important that new development is located in the most sustainable locations and accessible by a choice of travel modes, including walking, cycling and public transport. This will help reduce the need for people to travel, minimise congestion, improve road safety and meet climate change reduction targets. This also links with the need to improve people’s health by creating more opportunities for people to walk or cycle rather than use the car.


(11.12) The aim of the Plan is to create sustainable communities, centres and new developments where priority is given to sustainable modes of transport. The hierarchy of sustainable modes of transport is: Walking, Cycling, Public Transport (including taxis), Freight, Car Traffic.


(11.14) Walking and cycling contribute to improved health outcomes, through increasing personal exercise, improving wellbeing and happiness through interaction with the physical environment and other people. As walking and cycling become more prevalent carbon emissions will reduce.


(11.43) As part of the planning application process, developers will be expected to address any identifiable impacts on, or barriers to, sustainable travel. This will be done by improving linkages to development from surrounding areas (particularly for pedestrians and cyclists), improving connections between homes and jobs, and by incorporating best practice to decrease the mode share of the private car.


(11.45) Pedestrian and cycle access to and through new developments must be safe, direct and usable. Layouts of new developments are expected to facilitate an increase in cycling, together with an emphasis on creating walkable neighbourhoods, where facilities and services can easily be accessed on foot.

Other policy text


[Sustainable development] is to reduce the need for people to travel, minimise levels of congestion, improve road safety and meet climate change reduction targets (5.12)


[Reduce motor through traffic in the urban core] will provide opportunities to improve the environment particularly for pedestrians and cyclists (6.9)


It is expected that there will be a considerable increase in cycling over the next few years and many routes will be in place. The Councils will improve conditions for cyclists through alterations to general traffic movement as outlined in Policy UC9. Vehicle speeds will be reduced and the volume of traffic minimised within the area bounded by the Urban Core Distributor Route (UCDR). This will encourage cycling as there will be greater priority and a more attractive environment for cyclists. (14.55)


The Newcastle Cycling Strategy includes a Strategic Cycle Network. This includes Strategic Cycle Routes to connect the surrounding areas to the Urban Core. They will be direct links to the Urban Core providing greater cycling priority. Although the majority of the Strategic Cycle Routes are outside the Urban Core all of the routes lead there and many more will be completed over the next ten years. Both routes to the Strategic Cycle Network and the Strategic Cycle Network itself will be developed. Cycle interchanges will be provided at Metro Stations and a central cycle hub is proposed to support network development. (14.57)


In order to prioritise pedestrians and cyclists we will seek to reduce speeds to improve safety and encourage modal shift to more sustainable modes for journeys within the Urban Core. Secondly, we will restrict the capacity of some junctions within the Urban Core in favour of sustainable modes. This will be achieved using a combination of public realm improvements and use of UTMC (14.73). Improving the pedestrian and cycling environment and minimising [motor] through traffic (16.5)

… then followed by promises for specific (development) areas