Drivers face delays in town when works begin

John Beynon

John Beynon

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A one-way system for traffic will be required in a section of Morpeth town centre when works begin next month.

A business group has welcomed the fact that it has been consulted by the county council, and this will continue during the programme, but it has urged highways officers to allocate a big enough team to get the job done as soon as possible and make sure the signage does not put off shoppers.

From April 11, workers will relay or replace various paving stones on both sides of Newgate Street, extending from the Market Place to the junction with Manchester Street.

The one-way system will involve northbound traffic going up Newgate Street and southbound traffic being diverted via Manchester Street, Dacre Street or Stanley Terrace and Dark Lane.

The works will take up to eight weeks. They also include improvements to the kerbstones, grates and drainpipes.

The team will start at 5am, the intention is to do the work in front of shops by 7.30am to minimise inconvenience, and they will be off site by 3.30pm.

Morpeth Chamber of Trade spokesman John Beynon said: “We’re very grateful that we and Morpeth Town Council have been consulted during the planning stage so we could make suggestions to minimise disruption.

“We know the works are essential, but we hope there are enough workers on the ground so they can be completed as quickly as possible.

“There were problems caused by the initial signage when there was a more extensive one-way system in 2012, so we expect the council will put up appropriate signage from the start this time.”