The matchday experience may be about to change at St.James’ Park.
Plans have been proposed to install the UK’s first public slides for grown-ups next to Newcastle United’s stadium.
The proposals have been put forward by NE1, the business improvement district company, and would see two slides installed next to the ground by late 2013, if permission is given.
The slides would allow fans to ride the slides to St.James’ Metro station and car park instead of taking the stairs.
The slides would be a first in the UK but they are already in use on the continent with for example, Utrecht railway station installing them, the official name over there is ‘travel accelerators’.
The plans have been passed by the Royal Society for the Prevention Of Accidents to ensure they will be safe for public use.
Adrian Waddell of NE1;
“One of the secrets of good urban design is to encourage people to focus on surroundings, to take note and sometimes challenge their views and perceptions of a particular area”.
Tom Robinson of Robinson Landscape Design added;
“Being playful and doing something unusual aims to encourage people to spend more time here enjoying the city. We want people to ride the slides, then go up the stairs and do it again”.