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Queen's baton relay

Birmingham 2022 Queen's Baton Relay

The Birmingham 2022 Queen's Baton relay will visit the North East over the summer as it makes its way to Birmingham for the Commonwealth Games.

The Relay began on 7 October at Buckingham Palace when Her Majesty The Queen placed her message to the Commonwealth into the Baton. This message will be read at the Opening Ceremony in Birmingham, following an epic journey across the Commonwealth visiting all 72 nations and territories, embracing unique cultures and sharing stories.

Starting its Gateshead journey on Friday 15 July at the world-famous Angel of the North, the Queen's Baton Relay will continue, with the help of 18 Batonbearers, to Saltwell Park before it heads back through Gateshead making its way up the River before crossing over into Newcastle.


Eighteen Batonbearers will accompany The Queen's Baton Relay as it makes its journey from the Angel of the North to Saltwell Park. The Baton will be carried by over 2,000 inspirational Batonbearers throughout England this summer. 

Batonbearers are people who:

  • are always willing to take on a challenge and has a unique and inspiring story
  • have made a meaningful contribution to sport, education, the arts, culture, or charity
  • are a figure of inspiration that positively challenges others to achieve their best
  • have taken on a challenge or cause and made a positive impact within their community


The Queen's Baton Relay will leave from the Angel of the North at 4.05pm and arrive at Saltwell Park at 4.45pm. 

At 6pm, The Baton will also travel up the River Tyne and under the Gateshead Millennium Bridge to the City Marina on the Newcastle side of the river. The Baton will then briefly travel up into Newcastle City Centre and then return to the Quayside as part of an end of day celebration event.

Road closures

The Queen's Baton Relay will include 18 Batonbearers walking along the route from the Angel of the North to Saltwell Park. 

A full road closure will be in place between 3.15 to 5.15pm on Friday 15 July in both directions of the A167 between the Angel of the North roundabout and Joicey Road, and including Joicey Road and East Park Road to the Saltwell Road South junction. 

Diversion routes are being agreed with highways colleagues and public transport operators and will be published in more detail once confirmed.  

The network will be significantly affected for a short period of time with delays expected. Motorists, residents, businesses and schools will be warned of the road closure well in advance with diversions signposted and junctions reopened as soon as The Queen's Baton Relay has passed through. 


During the Queen's Baton Relay

Residents are encouraged to watch The Queen's Baton Relay at any point along the route from the Angel of the North to Saltwell Park, providing you do so safely. Please be aware of the timings of the event above, and plan to arrive and be in position well in advance of The Queen's Baton Relay passing. Traffic on the route will be significantly affected, and you may find it difficult to get to the area once the road closures are in place.

Please be considerate of residents when parking your vehicle, and do not block any residential access or park on the Relay route.

Activities on the day

The Queen's Baton Relay will be at Saltwell Park between 4.45 and 5pm. 

So come along and join in the fun, with lots of activities to get involved with between 4.30 to 5.30pm.

End of day celebrations will take place between 6 and 7pm on NewcastleGateshead Quayside and will include family accessible activities.

Find out more about the Queen's Baton Relay on the Birmingham 2022 website

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