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Adult Slides At Newcastle United’s St.James’ Park Scrapped

7 years ago

Back in February we brought you the rather surreal news that adult slides had been proposed to be fitted next to St.James’ Park as a ‘fun’ idea to improve the area and which would also help fans disperse after matches.

However, the people behind the plan, ‘NE1’, have now announced that due to the upturn in the area and a number of new developments, they have knocked the idea on the head.

Artist’s Impression Of How Area Could Look

This is how we reported the news back in February;

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”.

The aim is allegedly to inject some fun into neglected areas and the punchline to the story is that NE1 are now looking at other areas of the city for the slide idea, with the Bigg Market named as likely to be targeted. That conjures up a picture on a Saturday night/Sunday morning at kicking out time!


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