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Old May 6th, 2014, 02:50 AM   #21
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Building the Newcastle Western Bypass (1987-1990)
Part 7


The 7th and FINAL part in this series : December 1990 - the COMPLETION and OFFICIAL OPENING of the Newcastle Western Bypass.


1 - Two days after the official opening, the below 'Special Supplement' was issued by the Evening Chronicle on December 3rd 1990 . .



2 - Here are ALL the articles and photos, from that four-page supplement . .









The "Motorway Archive Trust" report on the Newcastle Western Bypass, also contains a short report on the Royal Opening . .

On December 1st 1990, Her Majesty the Queen, on her way to launch a ship at Wallsend, formally opened the Newcastle Western By-pass and unveiled a plaque, midspan over the River Tyne, at the boundary of Newcastle and Gateshead, to christen Blaydon Bridge.



Back to the Evening Chronicle Supplement . .
























Finally, the supplement also includes an article about the (associated) construction of the "Woolsington Bypass" during the same period . .




Well, I hope you enjoyed this 'seven-part' adaptation of the story of the building of the Newcastle Western Bypass from 1987 to 1990.

It is only a fairly new road, with a major new bridge as part of it, but it has so 'quickly' become a part of the Newcastle scenery, that many people just take it for granted . . . like it has "always been there"!

It was a major achievement though, and the manner in which it suddenly brought (for example) the MetroCentre to within ten or fifteen minutes drive of many parts of North Newcastle (it effectively REMOVED the River Tyne 'barrier') was quite amazing!

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Blaydon Road Bridge

Designed by Bullen and Partners with building work by Edmund Nuttall, Blaydon Road Bridge was built between 1987 and 1990, now carrying the A1. It was opened to traffic on 3rd December 1990, the Queen having officially unveiled a plaque on the bridge, 1st December 1990.

The cost of buildings the bridge was £17 millions

Dimensions are:
Total length 332 m
Width 14.6 m
Longest span 108 m

(Source: Crossing the Tyne by Manders and Potts)

These photographs taken 5th August 2014:

From the south side of the Tyne











From the north side of the Tyne






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Old September 16th, 2014, 06:52 PM   #23
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A very interesting thread that I've enjoyed reading this afternoon after work. Also the Western By Pass took a lot of pressure off Silver Lonnen and Ponteland Rd by removing most airport traffic from these roads and a fair percentage of traffic that would have used these two roads to get to the coast via the Coast Rd( Whitley Bay in particular) diverted to the new road. I do recall traffic on Silver Lonnen being down by half when the by pass was opened.
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Old November 24th, 2015, 02:45 PM   #24
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Newly obtained "Newcastle Western Bypass" construction photos . . .


Here are some more photos, recently obtained, that were taken during the construction of the 'Newcastle Western Bypass' stretch of the A1. They were posted today on the "Old Photos of Newcastle" Facebook Page.

Link to Source - https://www.facebook.com/


Interesting to 'guess the location' of each of these photos . . .






















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Old November 24th, 2015, 11:21 PM   #25
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Excellent NH
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Old November 24th, 2015, 11:32 PM   #26
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Thanks.

Now, on the "guess the location?" front, I think that the first few are definitely around about the junction with the A69/West Road . . .
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When you look at these pictures as opposed to the others you can see what a massive logistical operation it was
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Newly obtained "Newcastle Western Bypass" construction photos . . .


Here are some more photos, recently obtained, that were taken during the construction of the 'Newcastle Western Bypass' stretch of the A1. They were posted today on the "Old Photos of Newcastle" Facebook Page.

Link to Source - https://www.facebook.com/


Interesting to 'guess the location' of each of these photos . . .





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I'll play with you NH

Definitely A1/A69 roundabout looking south, down the northbound offramp

https://goo.gl/maps/pFtefJAomc32
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Number 2 same roundabout looking NW

https://goo.gl/maps/J9B8xakDUE82
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Interesting to 'guess the location' of each of these photos . . .







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Same roundabout looking east, along West Road
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Same roundabout looking north towards Westerhope junction

https://goo.gl/maps/Ld8UxF8ksDD2
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Last two I suggest are taken from this footbridge (or it's predecessor), looking north towards the A69 roundabout

https://goo.gl/maps/uGKQdRigAc72
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For its time a big achievement and coincided with developments like Gateshead Metro Centre. Also it removed the notorious bottleneck of Denton Rd, where traffic travelling to Gateshead western by pass had to negotiate a steep bank, and took pressure off East Denton roundabout and Silver Lonnen.
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The western by pass should have been built as a motorway, and the Gateshead western by pass should have been widened to six lanes and made into a motorway at the same time. I know this would have meant more being paid out in compensation to people in west Newcastle whose houses would have been demolished in the late eighties, but surely this would have been worth the end result.
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Another alternative in the seventies, when the A1 was rerouted via the Tyne Tunnel, would have been to make this an A1(M) with six lanes and remove the tunnel tolls, which would have made this attractive to long distance traffic, and to have built a second tunnel in the eighties.

There could still have been a Newcastle western by pass, possibly using the name A69 to continue on from the A69 Gateshead western by pass, but without the need for six lanes.

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Last two I suggest are taken from this footbridge (or it's predecessor), looking north towards the A69 roundabout

https://goo.gl/maps/uGKQdRigAc72
They're taken from B26 Burdale Avenue footbridge looking north to Stamfordham Road interchange.
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Designed by Bullen and Partners with building work by Edmund Nuttall, Blaydon Road Bridge was built between 1987 and 1990, now carrying the A1. It was opened to traffic on 3rd December 1990, the Queen having officially unveiled a plaque on the bridge, 1st December 1990.

The cost of buildings the bridge was £17 millions

Dimensions are:
Total length 332 m
Width 14.6 m
Longest span 108 m

(Source: Crossing the Tyne by Manders and Potts)

These photographs taken 5th August 2014:

From the south side of the Tyne











From the north side of the Tyne






Images hosted on http://GeordiePhotographs.fototime.c...0Road%20Bridge
Blaydon Bridge is in effect two bridges as the northbound and southbound carriageway structures are independent of each other. It's not immediately obvious but there are subtle clues when looking closely.
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