Road closures to be imposed for urgent repair work to Newcastle …
Newcastle City Council are set to carry out urgent repairs to Newcastle Cathedral next week, with the Lantern Tower's stonework in need of a patch-up. The council will start their work on Monday November 20, working for four consecutive nights between 8pm and 4am.
A number of traffic restrictions will be put in place to ensure the work is carried out safely, with road closures, vehicle diversions and pedestrian restrictions being installed. Stuart Turnbull, from Newcastle City Council’s estate management team which is carrying out the repairs, said: "This is a much-loved cathedral with a history that goes back over centuries.
"The Lantern Tower itself dates back to the mid-1400s and is a very recognisable part of our city’s skyline. Following a recent condition survey, we have identified a number of maintenance issues, one of which requires an urgent repair to one of the tower’s pinnacles.
"So that this work to preserve this historic building can be carried out safely and without risk to the public we need to close the roads and pavements around the tower. We are sorry that this will cause some disruption but would ask people to please bear with us while we carry out these urgent repairs."
Access to traffic and pedestrians will be restricted for four nights starting Monday, between the hours of 8pm and 4am. These include the closure of St Nicholas Street and on the westbound carriageway of Mosley Street to all vehicles. A pedestrian path will be put in place on St Nicholas Street opposite the cathedral, but there will be no pedestrian access directly outside the building - including from the back of the Dean Street area.
Emergency vehicle access, as well as access for local residents and hotel guests will be implemented - with signed diversion routes put in place for all vehicles. Pedestrian routes will also be clearly signposted.
Cyclists will also be required to follow diversions or dismount - and local businesses and residents have been informed. Information about access to the cathedral, including alternative step-free access, while work is ongoing can be found at www.newcastlecathedral.org.uk.