A19 Wallsend Silverlink Junction Road Works

Work that began in 2016 to create a state of the art new multi layer junction at the Wallsend section of the Coast Road has reached it’s final phase.

The construction allows better access to both the Wallsend Silverlink retail park and those heading North & South on the A19 leading to and from the Tyne Tunnel crossing in East Howdon.

The reported £75 million pound scheme in Wallsend, North Tyneside, was carried out by Highways England, who say the new triple-decker junction will improve traffic flow on what is one of the busiest routes in the region.

The planners stated aim was to improve road safety and relieve the heavy congestion caused by over 69,000 vehicles passing through the junction each day.

Speed restriction are still being enforced on the 1058 Coast Rd running from Wallsend up through to North Shields.

WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff Junction Designers

WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff Junction Designers

The Ritz Wallsend

The now renovated Ritz bingo hall in Wallsend

The Ritz Façade In Wallsend

What seems like only a few years ago members of the Wallsend public would have been having a bite to eat at home before heading out to play a game of Bingo or two.

Before that even (pre-1962 cinema at the Ritz) they might have been getting ready to go and see a new cinema release

The Ritz Cinema was renamed and transformed into the” Mecca Bingo Hall in 1962 but the bingo club was eventually closed in 2011 and has now been transformed (by Wetherspoon’s) at a cost near to 2 million pounds into a huge new restaurant/public house, once again “officially” called The Ritz.

Though this huge locally iconic building situated on High Street West in Wallsend town centre has obviously undergone some dramatic changes over the years, the new owners have kept some of the memory of the old uses for the building alive, with some quietly spoken touches both inside and outside the building.

The following photo gallery will give you an Idea of the changes that have been made and what you can look forward to when you go for a meal and a drink at the Ritz, Wallsend.



McDonalds Clean Up In Wallsend

McDonalds Volunteers Working On The Farm In Wallsend                    (click pic for larger view)


Local McDonald’s franchisee, Bill Liddy, who owns six restaurants in the North Tyneside area, has joined forces with Keep Britain Tidy to work on the Rising Sun Farm in Wallsend. 

The non-profit farm next to the Rising Sun Country Park produces fresh food and provides a valuable recreational area for the local community.

Bill’s daughter, Emma Vieira, who runs the restaurant on the nearby Silverlink Retail Park in Wallsend, assumed the role of McDonald’s ‘Planet Champion’ and organised a community day with the help of volunteers from the restaurant.

The event took place on 28th of May involving 14 volunteers from McDonald’s Silverlink in Wallsend, who spent the whole day digging and weeding raised beds and pathways and clearing the farm’s strawberry patches to increase their summer yields.

The strawberries are sold in the farm shop and the revenue is reinvested into the farm project.

The group embarked on the challenge in effort to boost productivity on the farm and have committed to continue their good work in the future.

This event is just one of a number of McDonald’s clean-ups which have taken place across the UK as part of Keep Britain Tidy’s anti-littering campaign, ‘Love Where You Live’. The campaign and partnership is now in its fifth year and continues to encourage local communities to take action and work together to tackle litter in their area.

McDonald’s ‘Planet Champion’ Emma Vieira, one of over 1,200 employees across the UK who help raise awareness of ways to be more environmentally friendly in the community said: “It was great to see everyone come together to work on the farm and I’d like to thank everyone involved for all their hard work. We as a business understand the important role we play in making the area a better place.

It was a wonderful day and it was great to see the impact our efforts had on the farm. When local businesses and community members work together we are able to achieve so much more and this event is a perfect example of this.”

As well as environmental projects such as this, McDonald’s restaurants patrol the streets at least three times a day to collect all litter that has been discarded, regardless of its origin. Crew members across the UK cover a total of 3,000 miles each week on litter patrols, which equates to 150,000 miles a year and the distance of five marathons each year per store.

In addition to the annual Keep Britain Tidy litter events and daily patrols, many restaurants have now begun to get involved in events such as painting walls and replanting trees and flowers that improve local community areas.