NZ2563 : Under the Tyne Bridge (north section)

taken 8 years ago, near to Gateshead, Great Britain

Under the Tyne Bridge (north section)
Under the Tyne Bridge (north section)
The modern concrete walkways continue, but reach a dead end on the left, high up above the little pub that squats below the bridge NZ2563 : 'Fever', the pub under the Tyne Bridge. It looks like the plan was to continue under the bridge deck to provide pedestrian access through to the Bede House office block (just visible above right). The buildings seen under the bridge are on Akenside Hill
Two level toon :: NZ2564
A 1960s vision for Newcastle City Centre to separate traffic from pedestrians by creating a network of concrete walkways above access roads and traffic routes of the existing streets.
Geography reverses the situation somewhat at the Swan House roundabout which merges traffic coming off the Tyne Bridge with that from the Central Motorway and the City Centre. Here pedestrians are moved below the roads in subways but emerge again above the deep valley of Side under the Tyne Bridge.
The vision would have included Northumberland Street (where some new stores were built with shop windows at what is now first floor level), and further, but eventually money ran out and it was realised that too much of architectural merit would have to be sacrificed.
The development of the city in the 1960s and 1970s was marred by a corruption scandal involving a local politician, T. Dan Smith (aka 'The Mouth of the Tyne), and John Poulson, a property developer. Echoes of the scandal were revisited in the late 1990s in the BBC TV mini-series, 'Our Friends in the North' LinkExternal link
The 'streets in the sky' concept is explained in the Urban Translation Tour LinkExternal link
Plans of this and other Newcastle developments are discussed here LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Friday, 15 January, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 22 January, 2010
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Bridge   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2522 6394 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:58.1669N 1:36.4551W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2517 6395
View Direction
East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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