Road narrowing scheme comes under fire

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WORKS to narrow a road which links Ulgham and Linton have come under fire from a councillor.

Known as the Ulgham Grange road, it has been widened over the years as it was being used more often by motorists.

But Northumberland County Council has taken the decision to narrow it, apart from at the tight bends and a few passing places, to between three and three-and-a-half metres because it says the road edges are not strong enough.

This has angered Anderson Crowe, a member of Widdrington Station and Stobswood Parish Council, as he believes the road is now more dangerous.

He said: “It’s disgraceful that it has been made this narrow. It’s now very difficult or impossible for two cars to pass each other on most of the road.

“I’ve seen a couple of bumps along it before, but these changes mean it’s a catastrophe waiting to happen.

“The road is used a fair bit and it’s often part of a diversion route when there are roadworks on the B1337 and during icy conditions.”

A spokesman for the county council said: “The road is only intended and was constructed as a single track, with the sides extended over the years due to frequent use.

“Because there is not enough strength in the road edge for this to be a permanent position, we have now standardised the width at between three and three-and-a-half metres with passing places at five metres and a widening at the tight bend.”