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Great Parkway Link Road and Cycleway

Development of roadways within the Newcastle Great Park (NGP) with key sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDs) elements.

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Newcastle, United Kingdom


Esh Construction Ltd



Cundall’s multidisciplinary team were commissioned to deliver 2.5 km of link road, over 3 km of pedestrian and cycle routes, bridleways and public rights of way diversions. Sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDS) infrastructure, a diverted watercourse and environmental barriers were also built. The project will help support the development of thousands of new homes, schools, shops, dental and hospital provision in the area.

The new link road combines vehicular traffic with active travel through a mixture of offset and fully segregated footways and cycleways. Greenways and green spaces create wildlife corridors and a series of safe, off-road pedestrian and cycle routes with integrated play and fitness opportunities. The design involved multi- and staged phasing of works, which allowed for partial completion of the northern section and early use of the road.

Michael Florance, Associate, commented, “We designed and realigned existing public rights of way (PRoW), bridleways and wagonways to connect the new infrastructure with the existing housing and evolving future development phases. The Cundall multidisciplinary teams supported Esh through a formal Site Supervision role over the 18-month construction programme. ”

Key fact

Obtained Technical Approval, completion and agreement of Road Safety Audits and structural Approvals in Principle (AIP)


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Michael Florance

Associate Engineer

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We provided a robust detailed design package and conducted ecological surveys and impact assessments. Our team worked closely with the contractor, consortium, and local planning and highway authorities to deliver a technically sound, adoptable scheme.