Transport

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Good transport links are a key factor for those buying a new home in Newcastle. Many new property developments in Tyne and Wear are deliberately located to provide as wide a range of options for buyers as possible. As well as good road links, the city has plenty of public transport services to many neighbourhoods and satellite towns.

Roads – The A184(M) is the only motorway close to Newcastle, heading south from Gateshead to form the A1(M). The A19 passes through the city, heading north to Cramlington and south past Sunderland, Middlesbrough and York to Doncaster. The A69 travels across country to Carlisle. The A1 takes you north, through Berwick and on as far as Edinburgh.

Railway – Newcastle Central Station is on the East Coast Main Line from London (a journey of about three hours) to Scotland. There are also routes across the country to Carlisle and south to Sunderland, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough. Local suburbs are served by the Metro.

Buses – There is a comprehensive bus service for the Newcastle and Tyne and Wear area, with many routes radiating from Central Station, the Metro Centre, Eldon Square, Blackett Street and Pilgrim Street. Newcastle Coach Station, near the rail station, is the hub for intercity coach services.

Ferry – Although some of the former services from Newcastle to Scandinavia have stopped due to the prevalence of low-cost air routes, there are still limited cruise services in operation to the Norwegian fjords and a route to Amsterdam via IJmuiden in the Netherlands.

Metro – The Tyne and Wear Metro service runs along two routes – the Green Line from the airport, through the city centre, Gateshead and Sunderland, terminating at South Hylton; the Yellow Line is a lasso-shaped service from St James, passing through northern suburbs and towns such as Tynemouth, Whitley Bay and Gosforth before heading south of the Tyne to Gateshead, terminating at South Shields.

Airport – Newcastle Airport, about six miles northwest of the city, currently takes about five million passengers annually to destinations in the UK and Europe. Passenger numbers are set to grow rapidly over the next few years, however. It is close to the A696 and A1, and there is a Metro link to many suburbs of the city and beyond.


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