Links Road, Whitley Bay

OS 1937-61
Modern Map
Date opened/built:



0.48 mile (0.77kms).


9-ft (2.74m).

Adjoining footway:


Road type:

Urban dual carriageway.


Period concrete.

Both sides of road:


Adjacent to social housing:


Period mapping:

OS 1:2,500 NZ3574, surveyed 1959, published 1960. Cycle tracks marked and labelled. (Not online.)

OpenCycleMap status: Cycleways marked both sides; footways not marked.


Period maps, period newspapers, period films.


Video, 6 mins 45 seconds,

Cycle tracks on both sides of the Links road, Whitley Bay.

“Concrete, lawns and flowers harmonise well on Whitley Bay’s new dual carriageway,” remarked a local newspaper in 1938.

“Cycle tracks and footpaths will soon be laid to complete the picture,” it added. This suggests that the cycle tracks and footways may not have been finished until early 1939.

The tracks, footways and dual carriageway are seen briefly in British Film Institute-hosted amateur footage dating from 1950, see still on the left. Cars are seen on the road, people are walking on the footways but there are no cyclists using the cycle track.

Large-scale OS mapping of Links Road, Whitley Bay, labels “Cycle Track” each side of the road.



“Concrete, lawns and flowers ... Shields Daily News, 18 November 1938.

The tracks, footways and dual ... The 12-second clip starts at 55 seconds:

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