Getting to the Civic Centre

The Civic Centre is in the heart of Gateshead and is easy to get to by bus, bike, on foot, or by metro. The following summarises the different ways you can travel to the Civic Centre and around Gateshead.

On foot

The Civic Centre is located very centrally in Gateshead Town Centre. It is a 5 minute walk up West Street from the Gateshead Transport Interchange. Leaving the Interchange, proceed up the hill with the church on your right. Cross the road at the traffic lights at Regent Street to reach the Civic Centre.

Walking to other council sites is also easy. The Leisure Centre, Prince Consort Road, Local Environmental Services, the Old Town Hall and the Dryden Centre are all between 10 and 30 minutes’ walk away.

Bus and Metro

Gateshead has an excellent public transport network.

Express, super-route and other buses serve Gateshead from the local area and all parts of the region. All stop at the interchange or within the town centre. Quaylink is a special bus service serving Gateshead Interchange, The Sage Gateshead, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, other stops on the Quayside and Newcastle Central Station.

Metro Interchange is only a 5 minute walk from the Civic Centre. Services are every 3-4 minutes during peak hours, and 6-15 minutes outside this. Gateshead Metro Station has bicycle parking available. Other local bus/Metro Interchanges in Tyne and Wear include Byker, Central Station, Chichester, Four Lane Ends, Gateshead, Haymarket, Heworth, Jarrow, Regent Centre, Monument, North and South Shields, Park Lane, Sunderland and Wallsend. A programme is underway to provide additional cycle parking facilities at metro stations throughout Tyne and Wear.


There are 28 bike lockers prominently located in the Civic Centre car park. In addition, there are 48 further spaces for bikes provided by ‘Sheffield’-style stands, some of which are located under the eaves of the Gatehouse.

Gateshead and Tyne and Wear Cycle Route Maps

You can pick up a cycle map for Gateshead and Tyne & Wear from D&E Reception or by contacting Traffic Projects on ext 3108. You can also view the Gateshead map by going to

Driving, Park and Ride and Car Sharing


From the south and the north exit from the A1 using the A184 following directions to Gateshead town centre. Turn right at the International Business Centre traffic lights, go straight on at the next roundabout, left at the next set of traffic lights into Arthur Street and left again into the Civic Centre.

Car Sharing

We encourage those travelling by car to consider car sharing wherever possible. We can help you find people who are making similar journeys to yours. You can register as a driver or as someone looking for a lift; everything is done online and there is no fee and no contract. Visit Share Smart at

Park and Ride

Park and Ride facilities link directly to Gateshead Metro station. These are available at Callerton Parkway, Four Lane Ends, Heworth, Kingston Park and Regent Centre Metro stations.

Parking at the Civic Centre

The council operates a permit car parking scheme for staff at Civic Centre and nearby Windmill Hills. Allocation is restricted and subject to criteria including those with a blue badge, those with designated essential car user status, lease car holders, Strategic and Service Directors and other staff who can demonstrate the greatest business need in terms of frequency of work trips and work miles travelled.

Visitor parking is available at the Civic Centre. The charging period is between 9 and 5, Monday to Friday; first 20 minutes parking is free and thereafter the charge is 70p per hour. Weekends and Bank Holidays parking is £1 all day.

Other public car parking is available in the vicinity of Gateshead and details can be found by visiting:


Mainline trains serve Newcastle Central Station, whilst local trains call at Heworth, Dunston and Blaydon Stations and the Metro Centre in Gateshead. The metro station can be accessed directly at Newcastle Central Station and from there links to Gateshead and the rest of the metro network.