North Shields Embankment Walkway


As part of our ambitious plans to improve North Shields and transform the town into a residential location of choice and an attractive, family-friendly destination we are developing designs for a new embankment walkway linking the town centre to the Fish Quay.

It forms part of our aims to create a smaller but more vibrant, high-quality town centre; to create more flexible retail opportunities and expand the evening and weekend economy; to improve public transport and the quality of walking and cycling connections across the town (including better links to Fish Quay); and to raise and improve the quality of the built environment and the quality of public space in North Shields with more of it suitable for hosting events and festivals.

About the proposals

The designs include a new high-quality walkway, aimed at improving access where accessibility can be difficult between the improved town centre and vibrant Fish Quay, making it easier for people to travel between the two parts of town.

The walkway will feature green open spaces and there will be different route options to suit every need, including step-free routes and steps with handrails, as well as a direct route from top to bottom via steps.

The scheme has been designed with environmental sustainability and safety at its heart and it will become an attraction in its own right and provide benefits for health and wellbeing. It also features provision for artwork to be displayed and potential commercial opportunities.

The aim is to attract more people to the area and vastly improve the appearance of the local landscape.

See the attachment below for detailed information about the plans and further updates. Please note, that contrary to the information in the March 2022 letter, the stairs next to Stag Line Building remain open. 

Related documents

Have your say

We want to hear what you think about the proposals for embankment walkway to help inform our planning application for the scheme.

A drop-in engagement event is taking place at the YMCA in Church Way, North Shields, on Thursday 11 November, 4pm-7pm.

You can also email your feedback to our Regeneration Team at


A selection of artist's impressions showing the proposed embankment walkway.

Virtual tour

Take a virtual tour of the proposed embankment walkway.


For more information and to have your say on the designs please email

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