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Cycle route closes for improvements

Date: 11/10/2012

 A section of a popular cycle route along the South Bank of the Tyne is set to close for around a fortnight to allow improvements to a 600 metre section.

The Keelmans Way, National Cycle Network Route 141, which links Wylam and the upper reaches of the Tyne with Central Gateshead and Newcastle and the Bill Quay area, will be closed between Newburn Bridge and Parsons Haugh Pasture.

The closure starts today and will be in place for approximately two weeks whilst the stretch is widened and new fencing is installed. During the closure a diversion will be signposted for cyclists and pedestrians.

Gateshead Council service director of Transport Strategy, Nick Clennett, said: “The Keelmans Way is a hugely popular route, both for commuting and for leisure cycling. We’ve got a rolling programme of improvements on the route to cater for its growing popularity and this is the latest.”

“We appreciate that in the short term there will be some inconvenience for cyclists but I’m sure that they’ll understand that the work is necessary to improve this section of the route.”

The Keelmans Way is one of the busiest cycle routes in Gateshead. Cycle use in Gateshead has increased massively during the last decade, with commuting by bike seeing a marked increase. Since 2004, Monday to Friday cycling in Gateshead has increased by 78 per cent.




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