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Written by Robert Clarke - 14 Jan 2006
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Location notes
An unusual location, in that this is situated under three different lines. Serviced by the East Coast Main Line, Tyne and Wear metro, and local services to Sunderland and Hexham and beyond. The quayside is part of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Gateshead is just across the river.
Railway type and traffic
The River Tyne, and Newcastle, are famous for their bridges, and three of the seven bridges in the area carry rail traffic. The High Level Bridge is actually the oldest of the seven bridges over the Tyne, and carries the railway on the top, with the road underneath. In fact, it was the first bridge in the world to carry road and rail traffic. Although electrified, this bridge normally only carries local service DMUs.
The Metro Bridge, officially known as the Queen Elizabeth 2nd bridge, dates from 1981, and carries the Tyne and wear metro.
The King Edward Bridge carries the East Coast Main line, and is electrified for the purpose. It also carries freight, and local service DMUs, as well as Voyagers.
Incidentally, on the Gateshead side, the two Network rail Bridges have junctions going to the east and the west. This was designed to allow locomotives to access Gateshead TMD, from either bridge, but also means that trains from the east COULD cross the Tyne via the King Edward Bridge, and trains from the west COULD cross the Tyne via the high level bridge!
At the Gateshead end the metro enters the tunnels directly underneath the site of the former Gateshead TMD. That depot is now closed, and a housing scheme is being built upon it.
The quayside is a popular spot in Newcastle, and is a very popular nightspot. On some days, with the high buildings, it can get shaded, but it really is a semi sheltered location.
The area plays host to a popular Sunday market, and the area is safe at all times.
However, as this is Newcastle, do not wear a Sunderland FC jersey!
Road directions
Due to the nature of the location and the fact that meter parking is in force, it would be best not to drive to this location. See the public transport information instead.

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Newcastle Quayside map co-ordinates
Parking is very restricted, and instead, you should park your car outside the city centre, and use public transport.
Kingston Park, on the Tyne and Wear metro, and Heworth, offer park and ride facilities, as well as direct links to Newcastle city centre.
Public transport
Newcastle Central National Rail station, and Central Station Metro are both about 10 minutes walk away from here. Take the Neville Street exit out of the metro station, walk right, and cross onto Collingwood Street, which follows onto Moseley Street. Turn right onto Dean Street, and carry on down the side, until you reach the quayside. Turn right, and carry on under the Tyne bridge, and you should see the aforementioned bridges ahead and above you.
If you are getting a bus, some services terminate at Central Station. However, Stagecoach routes 34 and 35 serve the quayside.
If your bus terminates at Gateshead, route 60 operates from the Interchange to Gateshead quays. Call traveline on 0870 608 2 608 for all bus times.

If you are coming from Wallsend or North Shields, get off the Metro at Manors station. From there, walk through the business park, and turn right onto Argyle Street. Then head down the hill to Sallyport Tower, and then take the steps. Continue down onto Sandgate, and take the steps on the right, which head onto the quayside. Turn right, and carry on towards, and under, the Tyne bridge. A free shuttle bus runs from Manors station.

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There are a few pubs along the quayside. Central station is 10 minutes walk away, and if you cross the Millenium Bridge, there are toilets, and a cafe, in the Baltic Mills art Gallery.
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Newcastle Quayside

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Photographic notes
Bear in mind that as you are going to be pointing your camera sort of upwards, the sun may affect photos. Therefore, stand a bit further back from the bridges, and thus reduce the angle. Trains on the two Network Rail bridges will be moving slowly, those on the metro bridge will be doing 70 km/ph (about 45 m/ph).
The Quayside market takes place every Sunday, but this is only held on the eastern part of the quayside. In this instance, the market should not affect pictures.
Inevitably there will be noise on videos, as there are road bridges, which are very busy. Also, the roads on the Quayside do carry a fair bit of traffic.

General views - All photographs © Robert Clarke unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking west

Fig 1 - Looking west

Fig 2 - Looking east

Fig 2 - Looking east

Fig 3 - Looking west

Fig 3 - Looking west

The bridges are, from top to bottom in terms of traffic/rail level, Tyne Bridge, King Edward Bridge, Metro Bridge, Swing Bridge.

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