Emergency work under way after section of retaining wall falls into river

Northumberland County Council is carrying out emergency work at Lady's Walk in Morpeth.
Northumberland County Council is carrying out emergency work at Lady's Walk in Morpeth.

Emergency work is taking place to stabilise a section of pedestrian walkway in Morpeth following some subsidence.

A 35-metre stretch of river retaining wall and footpath at Lady’s Walk in High Stanners subsided and fell into the river over the Easter weekend.

The area had recently been fenced off to members of the public due to concerns over its stability and to enable ground investigations to be undertaken to establish the cause of the problem.

In the short-term, this area will remain fenced off and Northumberland County Council is carrying out emergency work to stabilise the area.

This involves placing a concrete protection layer over the failed area in an effort to prevent further collapse or erosion of unstable material.

A house next to the damaged area has been vacated while the investigations continue.

Council staff are already considering viable options for a longer-term solution.

A short footpath diversion for pedestrians had already been put in place prior to the collapse.

However, due to further movement caused by the failure of the river retaining wall, the popular route to Low Ford Bridge will remain closed until further notice.