Newcastle United in the Champions League: City road closures to allow for PSG fan march

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Thousands of Parisians are expected to descend on Tyneside today.

Today is a big day for football fans across Tyneside as Newcastle United prepare for their first Champions League fixture at St James Park since 2003.

But it isn’t just Toon fans who are getting excited for the fixture against Paris St Germain this evening as thousands of French fans are expected in Newcastle throughout the afternoon - and Newcastle City Council has confirmed a full list of closed roads to accommodate the travelling fans.

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PSG fans are expected to march to St James Park following an afternoon of soaking up everything Newcastle has to offer.

Fan marches are a common aspect of European away days for fans from mainland Europe and happen throughout the continent on a weekly basis, especially for major fixtures.

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The following roads will be closed for the parade between approximately 5:15pm and 6:15pm on Wednesday, October 4:

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  • Bigg Market – between Pudding Chare and Grainger Street
  • Grainger Street – between Bigg Market and Blackett Street
  • Blackett Street – between Grainger Street and Newgate Street
  • Gallowgate - between Newgate Street and St James’ Boulevard
  • Gallowgate southbound – between St James’ Boulevard and Strawberry Place
  • Barrack Road southbound – between Strawberry Place and entrance into St James’ Park

This is in addition to normal St James’ Park match day road closures on Strawberry Place, Terrace Place and Leazes Terrace.

Newcastle City Council has also warned fans public transport may be busy due to strikes from Go North East bus drivers. Because of these strikes the matchday Park and Ride will not be operating.

The City Council has extended the opening times at five car parks until midnight. These are:

  • Eldon Gardens
  • Eldon Square
  • Garage at Helix
  • Manors
  • Spillers
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