After an underwhelming start to the 2012/13 Premier League campaign, Newcastle United have seen their league form slide drastically, plummeting to as low as 17th in the league standings.
A riled Alan Pardew combatted this by recruiting no less than five players in the January transfer window, all of which are of French decent, further adding to the French Revolution on Tyneside.
Since January, Newcastle have seen their form improve, with the whole squad lifted by Pardew’s capable and astute signings. However, should Newcastle’s rich vein of form prove to be temporary, fans may be comforted in the knowledge that whilst the club is sliding down the table, they may soon have the option of sliding out of the stands.
District company NE1 Ltd has applied for permission to install slides throughout various areas in Newcastle City Centre, with one of the intended locations being the Gallowgate end of the St. James’ Ground.
Whilst the slides have been conceived as a way of attracting attention and injecting fun as well as conversation into the city, they also retain an extremely practical use of alleviating congestion.
Labelled ‘travel accelerators’, the proposed slides will enable spectators of Newcastle matches to access the car park and underground train station in a much quicker fashion than embarking down the long flight of stairs which can often become rapidly crowded.
The innovative concept has already been proven to be a success in Holland, with commuters passing through Utrecht railway station via the slides to speed up their journey.
It remains to be seen whether this fun and innovative idea will get the go-ahead but the practicalities of implementing ‘travel accelerators’ are clear for all to see.
Had they been in place for the 2008/09 season, it's a safe bet to say Kevin Keegan and Alan Shearer would have been avid fans.
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