Plans in place for a busy Saturday in Newcastle

27 Feb 2015 09:09 AM

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This is information for the public in relation to the planned Pegida and Newcastle Unites events taking place in Newcastle on Saturday, February 28.

Northumbria Police is reassuring people that plans are in place to cope with a busy Saturday in Newcastle.

There are lots of events due to take place in the city on Saturday and tens of thousands of people are expected to come into the city for the football, shopping and socialising.

The town will be busy, the road networks around the city will be busy and there will be lots of officers on duty to ensure that all events pass safely and smoothly.

Newcastle Chief Superintendent Laura Young said: "We have been working with the local authority and other partners and our plans are in place to ensure that events on Saturday pass safely and with minimal disruption to the public.

"There will be delays and congestion on city centre roads as there will be a lot of people coming into Newcastle for the different events and there are a lot of roadworks ongoing at the moment.

"There will also be some minor road closures while the two demonstrations take place but we will work to keep the roads open as much as possible and traffic flowing freely.

"Our advice is to make yourself aware of where the road closures, and road works, are and to leave yourself extra time if you're planning on coming into the city.

"I want to reassure people that it is very much business as usual in Newcastle this weekend. We've spoken with residents and local businesses and assured them that although it will be busy on Saturday we have plans in place to deal with all of the events taking place.

"People will see extra police officers in the city centre, particularly around the demonstration areas in the Bigg Market and Newgate Street , they are there to make sure the events pass safely and to help minimise the disruption to those not involved. 

"The force respects the right to peaceful protest and takes a neutral standpoint, not supporting or endorsing any groups or individuals.

"We've been in contact with organisers from both groups in the run up to Saturday and at every stage they have assured us that their demonstrations will be peaceful.

"We expect everyone who attends the events on Saturday to respect the rights of others. It is the responsibility of the groups involved to ensure they act in an appropriate and peaceful manner and we will only take action if this is not the case."

- The Pegida demonstration will take place at 11am in the Bigg Market. Protesters will gather there for speeches and a demonstration. 

- Newcastle Unites will meet in Gallowgate at around 10:30am. They will then walk a short distance to Newgate Street where they will hold a demonstration.

- There will be extra officers in the areas where the demonstrations take place to ensure they pass peacefully and that any disruption to the public is kept to a minimum.

Road Closures: 
- The Bigg Market will be closed to traffic from around 10am.

- A small section of Gallowgate will be closed from around 10:30am to 10:45am Newcastle Unites march begins.

- A section of Newgate Street will be closed from 10:30am.

- There are no plans to close Clayton Street or Grainger Street.

Officers may need to temporarily close other roads on the day depending on activity, however we will look to re-open them as soon as possible and keep the city road network flowing.