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Getting from the west side of the Tyne Bridge north end, to the east side, involves either going over at the two stage pedestrian traffic lights. This involves holding up all the traffic, in two stages, ironically after they have takes a long period to change in pedestrian favour. Alternatively it involves walking down Bottle Bank and up Church Street to go under the bridge. However you are forced to walk right down to Church Street, only to have to go uphill again, and going up and down hills is very discouraging for pedestrian and cyclists, and especially the infirm. The route for pedestrians and cyclists could be much improved by putting in a path that snugly follows the bridge support. People have worn a muddy path across the grass in order to cut off the corner, but this still involves walking across slippery sloping grey bricks, which is dangerous, especially in wet or wintry weather. Please put better paths (and possibly steps, as appropriate) in place, and signpost it from Hills Street, Half Moon Lane, etc. Consideration will also need to be given to having a better crossing about 10 to 20 metres or so east up Church St. (from the Bottle Bank junction), to assist those going to Sage Gateshead, etc. This might be achieved by having a westbound traffic lights stop line further east than it is on Church St. It may also better line up with the steps up the back of St Mary’s churchyard. Ultimately, if this is done well, there might not need to be pedestrian traffic lights for crossing the Tyne Bridge approach (at least to the north of the railway bridge).

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