A scheme to provide a new cycleway and other improvements for pedestrians and road users on the Stobhill approach to Morpeth has reached a major milestone.
The first phase, connecting Shields Road with Stobhill roundabout, is now complete and open for use by pedestrians and cyclists.
New facilities include widened shared paths along the A192 to the south of the town and to adjacent housing estates; crossing improvements on Stobhill roundabout and an upgraded toucan crossing point opposite Sainsbury’s that allows use by people on bikes and detects people waiting to cross. The upgraded, broader paths allow people on foot and bike to share the path away from the main road. Signs and road markings will be added later as the other stages of the project are completed.
The phase two works have now started. They involve the improvements from the crossing point at Sainsbury’s to the railway station.
Construction has begun on improving the junctions at Shields Road and Grange Road – these wide entries to the estates having been an obstacle for vulnerable road users.
They have been re-designed to reduce the crossing distance for people on foot and bike, whilestill allowing for all of the vehicle movements at the junctions.
These works have also been designed to create a more attractive space within the local environment.
The final phase of the project, from the railway station to Castle Square, will follow completion of phase two.
The project is part of wider work throughout the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) area to improve sustainable travel options at key transport gateways.
Approaches to Morpeth Railway Station were identified as a location where infrastructure for cyclists should be improved. It is being implemented by Northumberland County Council and has been wholly funded by a £600,000 award through the North East LEP from the Local Growth Fund, part of the North East Growth Deal.