Speaking up over lights out

The new roundabout at at end of Telford Bridge which has replaced the much discussed traffic lights in Morpeth.
The new roundabout at at end of Telford Bridge which has replaced the much discussed traffic lights in Morpeth.

THE return of a roundabout continues to meet with approval from Morpeth residents.

Several people have contacted the Herald to hail the removal of the traffic lights at Telford Bridge for a six-month trial of a roundabout. Here are a selection of their comments:

“We have spent the last 18 months watching queues of traffic, even back to The Sun Inn, and seeing large vehicles getting stuck. Now that common sense has prevailed it is fabulous. Never waited more than seconds in a queue.” – June Middleton.

“Friday, October 11 at 3.30pm, it took me 20 minutes to get from The Sun Inn to the bottom of Whorral Bank. Friday, October 18, same time, same journey took me eight minutes. Many congratulations to all who campaigned so assiduously to remove the traffic lights.” – Catherine Farrell, Longhirst.

“Since the lights came out, there have been no queues of traffic, no matter what time I leave the house: A blissful contrast to the past few months. If they try to put the lights back, I will be sitting on the mini-roundabout to stop them.” – Carol Elliott.

“I am appalled at the amount of money that has been wasted, but thankfully it is now back to normal and all running smoothly again.” – Victor Middleton.

“There is no doubt that traffic in and around Morpeth is flowing more freely and it would be sheer madness to bring back the traffic lights.” – Tricia Craig.

And here’s some from Facebook:

“It’s a pleasure driving home thru Morpeth. Loving the new roundabout.” – Sally Hine.

“Isn’t it strange that when anything needs doing a feasibility study has to be carried out costing thousands to come to the same conclusion that the wingers amongst us came up with for free.” – Robert Appleby.