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This article is about town in the Potteries, Staffordshire.
For other uses, see Newcastle

Newcastle-under-Lyme (simply known as Newcastle locally) is a market town in Staffordshire. It is the largest town in North Staffordshire and centre of the borough named after the town.

Newcastle is one of those places less important than it used to be - but its traditional status as a major centre for trade can be seen by the large number of roads converging on the town centre.

Newcastle is now bypassed by the M6 to the west and the A500 to the east and seems doomed to take second fiddle to the neighbouring city of Stoke-on-Trent which is part of the same conurbation. However, it fiercely guards its independence and remains a Primary Destination.

Roads in and around Newcastle are either managed by Staffordshire County Council or Stoke City Council, with the exception of the M6 and A500 which are Trunk Roads and maintained by National Highways.


The town in 1960

The bypass shown in 1968

The 0.7 mile dual carriageway bypass from Endersley Street to London Road was opened on 30 July 1965 by Tom Fraser, Minister of Transport. It included a sunken pedestrian precinct with subways at Grosvenor Roundabout, a design brought back from Lyon, France by the Newcastle Borough Engineer, J.W. Tonge. Contractor was Percy Bilton Ltd., cost £700,000. Part of a scheme to upgrade 5 miles of A34.

The M6 bypass to the west of the town was opened on 15 November 1963.


Route To Notes


M6 North, Congleton, Kidsgrove, Nantwich (A500)


M6 South, Stone


Stoke-on-Trent, Ashbourne


Stoke-on-Trent, Leek




Clayton, Eccleshall


Keele, Whitchurch Some signs - and most maps - show this road as non-primary


Tunstall, Biddulph


Nantwich Now the B5500 (and a short section of A34); Nantwich traffic is now directed along the A34 and A500


Stone Now part of the A34


Congleton Accessed via A52; now part of the A34

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Places in the West Midlands region
Major citiesBirmingham • Coventry • Stoke-on-Trent • Wolverhampton
Primary DestinationsBirmingham International Airport • Bridgnorth • Bromsgrove • Brownhills • Burton upon Trent • Cannock • Dudley • Evesham • Hereford • Kidderminster • Leamington Spa • Leek • Leominster • Lichfield • Newcastle • Nuneaton • Oswestry • Redditch • Ross • Rugby • Rugeley • Shrewsbury • Solihull • Stafford • Stone • Stourbridge • Stratford • Tamworth • Telford • Uttoxeter • Walsall • Warwick • West Bromwich • Whitchurch • Worcester
Other placesBewdley • Bilston • Coseley • Droitwich • Halesowen • Ledbury • Ludlow • Malvern • N.E.C. • Smethwick • Southam • Sutton Coldfield • Wednesbury • Wednesfield • Wellington • Willenhall

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