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On hills all over Gateshead, not just West Street, consideration ought to be given to having covered outdoor escalators, like the ones in Hong Kong (“Central-Mid-Levels escalator and walkway system”). After all, they exist inside shopping centres, giving them an unfair advantage. Many people in Gateshead are discouraged from active travel because of the hills, and escalators would help where the disincentive to walk and cycle is at a maximum. They might at least feel more inclined to walk or cycle the other 90% plus of their local travel routes. NB Cycles would be allowed on the pedestrian escalators (unmounted!). Nearer the Tyne, they might be a tourist attraction. Something like Trondheim's Trampe bicycle lift might also be considered in various steeper Gateshead hills.

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