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Route Plan - Newcastle Central Station to Freeman Hospital

Freeman Hospital, Freeman Road, High Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE7 7DN

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Introduction

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    • This route plan takes you from Newcastle Central Station to Freeman Hospital.
    • There are two transport options in this guide.
    • Route 1 is by bus and takes you to the Outpatients entrance at Freeman Hospital.
    • Route 2 is by Metro and takes you to the accessible entrance at the rear of the hospital.

Route 1 By Bus - Newcastle Central Station to Central Station Westgate Road Stand M

  • This section of the route is approximately 137m
  • Exit the station at the front right hand side from the concourse.
  • Proceed to the pedestrian controlled crossing on Neville Street.
  • The crossing has tactile paving and level kerbs.
  • The height of the crossing button is 110cm.
  • Continue straight ahead and proceed along Grainger Street.
  • Grainger Street is pedestrianised and the surface is block paved.
  • Proceed along Grainger Street to the pedestrian crossing at the junction with Westgate Road.
  • The crossing has tactile paving and level kerbs.
  • The height of the crossing button is 109cm.
  • Immediately after crossing turn left and proceed along Westgate Road.
  • After 17m proceed across the access road to The Mile Castle.
  • The crossing has tactile paving and dropped kerbs.
  • Central Station Westgate Road Stand M is ahead.
  • Take the number 38 bus to Freeman Hospital.

Route 1 By Bus - Cross Freeman Road

  • This section of the route is approximately 43m.
  • Exit the bus at Freeman Hospital bus stop on Freeman Road.
  • After exiting the bus turn right and proceed along Freeman Road.
  • There is a barrier next to the road.
  • The pavement surface is tarmac.
  • Proceed along Freeman Road to the pedestrian crossing.
  • The crossing has tactile paving and dropped kerbs.
  • The height of the button is 104cm.

Route 1 By Bus - Freeman Road to Freeman Hospital Outpatients Entrance

  • This section of the route is approximately 195m.
  • After crossing Freeman Road turn left and proceed along Freeman Road.
  • The pavement surface is tarmac.
  • Pass the bus stop and turn right proceeding under the canopy.
  • Exit the canopy into the Hospital car park.
  • Proceed along the access route through the car park.
  • There are 3 raised crossing points.
  • The crossing points are marked in black and white.
  • The pavement and car park surfaces are tarmac.
  • There are bollards on the route before the first crossing point.
  • The bollards reduce the pavement width to 126cm, however there is block paving to either side of the tarmac.
  • Continue through the car park to the payment machines.
  • Bear left and proceed to the pedestrian crossing at the access road.
  • The crossing is marked in black and white.
  • There is a dropped kerb at the crossing without tactile paving.
  • There is signage showing the accessible route to the hospital.
  • Continue straight ahead and proceed past some bench seats following the path.
  • At the fork take the right hand path and continue onto a wide paved area.
  • Bear slightly right continuing to follow the signs towards the hospital building.
  • There is an easy slope on the paved area.
  • At the end of the paving stones cross the ambulance and drop off access road.
  • There are bollards at the crossing, with a width over 150cm.
  • The crossing is marked in black and white.
  • After crossing the road the Outpatients Department entrance is immediately ahead.

Route 2 By Metro - Newcastle Central Station to Longbenton Metro Station

  • Newcastle Central Station is located above the Central Metro Station.
  • Proceed to Platform 2 of the Metro Station and take the Yellow Line train towards The Coast.
  • Exit the Metro at Longbenton Metro Station.

Route 2 By Metro - Longbenton Metro Station to Benton Park Road

  • This section of the route is approximately 128m.
  • Exit the station onto Lealholm Road.
  • There is an easy slope in front of the station, leading to the road.
  • There are bollards just before the road.
  • The minimum width between the bollards is 125cm.
  • There is a dropped kerb on the station side of the road without tactile paving.
  • The road is quiet.
  • There is a shallow kerb on the opposite side of the road.
  • Bear slightly left and proceed onto Glaisdale Road.
  • There is an easy slope upwards along Glaisdale Road.
  • At the end of Glaisdale Road turn right onto Benton Park Road.
  • Proceed to the pedestrian crossing.

Route 2 By Metro - Cross Benton Park Road

  • The pedestrian crossing controlled by push button.
  • The crossing has dropped kerbs and tactile paving on both sides.
  • The height of the button is 120cm.
  • The road is busy.

Route 2 By Metro - Benton Park Road to Freeman Hospital Accessible Entrance

  • This section of the route is approximately 592m.
  • After crossing Benton Park Road turn left.
  • Proceed along Benton Park Road to the first turning on the right, Cosgrove Court.
  • There is a barrier along this stretch of the pavement.
  • The surface is paving stones.
  • The surface becomes tarmac and there is a signpost directing pedestrians and cyclists to Freeman Hospital.
  • Turn right onto Cosgrove Court and proceed to the end of the street.
  • At the end of Cosgrove Court the pathway becomes a shared space with cycles.
  • There is an easy slope along the shared pathway.
  • There are barriers to slow cyclists.
  • The minimum width between the barriers is 125cm.
  • There is a second set of barriers after approximately 135m.
  • The minimum width between the barriers is 134cm.
  • There is a third set of barriers after approximately 96m.
  • The minimum width between the barriers is 121cm.
  • Immediately beyond the third set of barriers the gradient increases, but is still easy.
  • After approximately 12m the pathway joins another cycle and pedestrian pathway.
  • Proceed across the pathway bearing slightly to the right and proceed into the Freeman Hospital grounds.
  • The pathway becomes paving slabs.
  • There is tactile ribbed paving before the surface changes.
  • There is a raised lip between separating a cycle path from the pedestrian path.
  • There is an easy gradient downhill, and then back uphill, as you proceed along the path.
  • There is tactile ribbed paving as you reach the end of the pathway.
  • There is clear directional signage for the buildings within the hospital grounds.
  • Turn left and proceed past the cycle parking.
  • There is a crossing on the right.
  • The crossing has tactile paving and a dropped kerb.
  • The dropped kerb creates a steep slope on the pathway.
  • The crossing is block paved black and red.
  • There are bollards at the opposite side of the crossing.
  • The minimum width between the bollards is 185cm.
  • There is a second similar crossing immediately beyond this crossing.
  • The road is usually quiet and is an access road for drop off at the hospital entrance.
  • The Freeman Hospital accessible entrance is immediately ahead.