|Metropolitan Borough of North Tyneside|
Wallsend Town Hall, the seat of North Tyneside Council
|Motto: We Serve|
Location of North Tyneside in England
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|County||Tyne and Wear|
|Established||1 April 1974|
|• Type||Mayor and Cabinet|
|• MPs||Mary Glindon
|• Land||31.81 sq mi (82.38 km2)|
|• Estimate (2011)||202,744 (Ranked 85th)|
|• Density||6,026/sq mi (2,326.5/km2)|
| • Ethnicity
(2011 census) 
1.0% South Asian
|Time zone||Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+0)|
|• Summer (DST)||British Summer Time (UTC+1)|
North Tyneside is bounded by Newcastle upon Tyne to the west, the North Sea to the east, the River Tyne to the south and Northumberland to the north. Within its bounds are the towns of Wallsend, North Shields and Whitley Bay, which form a continuously built-up area contiguous with Newcastle.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Administration and elections
- 4 Economy
- 5 Transport
- 6 Places of interest
- 7 Twinned towns
- 8 External links
The borough was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of the county borough of Tynemouth, with the borough of Wallsend, part of the borough of Whitley Bay, the urban district of Longbenton and part of the urban district of Seaton Valley, all of which were in Northumberland.
The following places are located in North Tyneside:
- Forest Hall
- New York
- North Shields
- Northumberland Park
- Seaton Burn
- West Allotment
- Whitley Bay
Administration and elections
Unlike most English districts, its council is led by a directly-elected mayor, currently Labour's Norma Redfearn. After the 2012 elections the council was Labour led, Labour having 43 councillors, the Conservatives 12 and the Lib Dems 5.
The council is elected "in thirds", with one councillor from each three-member ward elected each year for the first three years, the mayoral election being held on the fourth year. With three councillors elected from each of 20 wards, there are 60 councillors in total.
Past election results
A third of the councillors were elected as part of the English local elections of 2008.
|Party||No. of 2007 Councillors||No. of 2008 Councillors||%||±%|
|Labour||23||21||35||-3.3 from 2007|
|Conservative||28||31||52||+5 from 2007|
|Liberal Democrats||9||8||13||-1.6 from 2007|
A third of the councillors were elected as part of the English local elections of 2007.
|Party||No. of 2006 Councillors||No. of 2007 Councillors||%||±%|
|Labour||23||23||38.3||0 from 2006|
|Conservative||28||28||46.6||0 from 2006|
|Liberal Democrats||8||9||15||+1.6 from 2006|
|Independent||1||0||0||- 1.6 from 2006|
|Party||No. of 2004 Councillors||No. of 2006 Councillors||%||±%|
|Labour||26||23||38.3||-5 from 2004|
|Conservative||27||28||46.6||+1.6 from 2004|
|Liberal Democrats||7||8||13.3||+1.6 from 2004|
|Independent||0||1||1.6||+1.6 from 2004|
|Party||Name of Candidate||Votes||%|
|Labour||John Lawrence Langford Harrison||40,460||42.52|
|Liberal Democrats||Dr Joan Harvey||12,761||13.41|
|British National Front||Robert Nigel Batten||2,470||2.6|
|Party||No. of 2003 Councillors||No. of 2004 Councillors||%||±%|
|Labour||29||26||43.3||-4.8 from 2003|
|Conservative||21||27||45||+9.6 from 2003|
|Liberal Democrats||8||7||11.6||-1.6 from 2003|
|Independent||2||0||0||-3.3 from 2003|
|Party||Name of Candidate||Votes||%|
|Liberal Democrats||Michael Huscroft||8,404||17.12|
|British National Front||Robert Nigel Batten||2,554||5.20|
|Socialist Alliance||Louise Van Der Hoeven||400||0.81|
|Party||No. of 2002 Councillors||No. of 2003 Councillors||%||±%|
|Labour||34||29||48.3||-8.3 from 2003|
|Conservative||19||21||35||+3.3 from 2002|
|Liberal Democrats||7||8||13.3||+1.6 from 2002|
|Independent||0||2||3.2||+3.3 from 2002|
|Party||No. of 2001 Councillors||No. of 2002 Councillors||%||±%|
|Labour||35||34||56.6||-1.6 from 2001|
|Conservative||17||19||31.6||+3.3 from 2001|
|Liberal Democrats||8||7||11.6||-1.6 from 2001|
North Tyneside lies in the coalfield that covers the South-East of the historic county of Northumberland. It has traditionally been a centre of heavy industry along with the rest of Tyneside, with for example the Swan Hunter shipyard in Wallsend, and export of coal. Today most of the heavy industry has gone, leaving high unemployment in some areas (over the borough, 3.2% compared to 2.7% for the UK). The borough is the 69th most deprived in England, out of 354. However some parts function as wealthy dormitory suburbs of Newcastle, such as Tynemouth. Recent growth has come in the A19 corridor with new industrial estates and retail parks.
Two key roads serve North Tyneside:
- The A19 which leaves the A1 north of Newcastle and runs through the borough and then through the Tyne Tunnel to South Tyneside, Teesside and towards the South.
- The Coast Road (A1058) runs from Newcastle to the coast. For most of its length it is grade-separated.
North Tyneside is served by 17 stations on the Tyne & Wear Metro on a loop from Newcastle through Wallsend, North Shields, Whitley Bay, Benton and back to Newcastle. Trains operate at least every 15 minutes, with extra services in the peak hours. Most of the stations serving North Tyneside fall into fare zones B and C.
There are no National Rail stations in the borough, despite the East Coast Main Line and Blyth and Tyne routes passing through. The nearest National Rail station is Newcastle Central, which is also served by the Tyne and Wear Metro.
North Tyneside has an extensive bus network, with most areas benefiting from direct services to Newcastle. Many areas have direct bus services to Cramlington, Blyth or Morpeth. The principle bus operators in the area are Arriva (all areas), Go North-East (most areas) and Stageoach in Newcastle (Benton, Forest Hall, Killingworth and Wallsend).
The Shields Ferry links North Shields to South Shields, in South Tyneside.
There is an international ferry terminal at Royal Quays in North Shields, with services to Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands.
Places of interest
- Segedunum Roman fort is in Wallsend (at the end of Hadrian's wall).
- The Stephenson Railway Museum in New York, named after George Stephenson and Robert Stephenson who hailed from Tyneside and lived in West Moor in North Tyneside 1802–1824.
- Tynemouth Castle and Priory
- North Tyneside includes a vast coastline covering Tynemouth, Cullercoats and Whitley Bay
- Blue Reef Aquarium in Tynemouth
- St. Mary's Island in Whitley Bay
- Frederikshavn in Denmark
- Monchengladbach in Germany
- Oer-Erkenschwick in Germany
- Halluin in France
- Klaipėda in Lithuania
- Coatzacoalcos in Mexico
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to North Tyneside.|
- Archives of North Tyneside (including boroughs of Tynemouth, Wallsend and Whitley Bay and Longbenton Urban District are preserved and accessible at Tyne and Wear Archives Service 
- Wallsend Town Information regarding the town centre and areas covering Wallsend in North Tyneside can be found here.