Fresh underpass call will be put forward

An authority will make a final plea to a planning inspector to improve pedestrian access when a major road extension is built.

At a public hearing last month about Northumberland County Council’s proposals for the Morpeth Northern Bypass, concerns were raised over the landscape works put forward for an area near Pegswood Moor Countryside Park.

A mammal tunnel that would be 450mm in diameter was criticised by some of the speakers, including Coun David Woodard representing Pegswood Parish Council.

He said that a larger underpass is needed to accommodate people and larger mammals, such as deer, because the pedestrians would have to negotiate an embankment at least six metres high and cross two lines of traffic and the animals would have to cross the bypass.

To support his points, he will now submit a report to the inspector before the June 5 deadline.

Coun Woodard said: “If the underpass doesn’t get installed when the bypass is being built, there is no chance it will go in afterwards.”