Tyne Wear Plan: Transport plan for the 1980s (1972)

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It is likely to bring a smile to your face, probably because it contains the sort of thing that makes trawling through dusty archive documents worthwhile. The thing in this file that makes your day might actually have nothing to do with its subject matter.


In common with the other major conurbations, the local government districts in the Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Sunderland areas came up with a master plan for their future transport needs.

That part of the country "thought big" with a major road network improvement, including major urban motorway network for Newcastle and Gateshead; as well as improvements to rail services, bus lanes and the Metro. As we know, pretty much everything other than the Metro was cancelled.

Contents of Note

  • Full recommended Transport Plan
  • Full details (bar engineering diagrams) of the proposed Newcastle motorway network
  • Costings of the proposed improvements
  • Traffic flows between 1960s and 1980s.

How to view it

Extracts from this document, amongst others, are the basis for the Pathetic Motorways feature Tyne Side Story, where no-one seems to understand the pun.