New images reveal how five rat run Newcastle bridges could look after vehicles are banned next week

Chronicle – 7 August 2020 (Daniel Holland)

Newcastle City Council is set to close five crossings in residential neighbourhoods to vehicles from next Thursday, August 13, in an effort to cut pollution and create safer space for walking and cycling.

The affected sites will be Salters Bridge in Gosforth, Castle Farm Road next to Jesmond Dene, Haldane Bridge in Jesmond, the Argyle Street Bridge near Manors Metro station, and Stoneyhurst Bridge in South Gosforth.

The Stoneyhurst closure in particular has sparked a fierce debate among locals, some of whom fear that cutting off access will lead to heavy congestion on surrounding roads.

But a new Safer Stoneyhurst campaign set up in favour of the closure has urged neighbours to give the changes a chance.

Safer Stoneyhurst member Armelle Tardiveau said: “The closure of Stoneyhurst Bridge is a blessing for my children who have reached the age of walking and cycling independently to school, to friends and out-of-school activities. They will finally be able to do so, safely knowing that motor traffic will be much lower and slower.”

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