Plans set for work to bridge

Hartburn Bridge.
Hartburn Bridge.

NEW safety features are set to be added to a Northumberland bridge, three years after a fatal accident.

Residents and parish councillors have been seeking a permanent solution for the Grade II listed Hartburn Bridge since unsightly temporary barriers were put up in autumn 2010.

The barriers were installed after the death of 26-year-old Doug Scott, of Cambo, when his car left the B6343 and crashed through the bridge. There have also been numerous minor accidents.

Northumberland County Council Highways officers have been investigating various options to try to improve road safety and have now proposed building a 20m wall to extend the bridge parapet.

The scheme would also increase the thickness of the parapet and new signage and road markings would be added.

The proposals have been submitted for Listed Building Consent and an order has been placed to relocate a telecommunication chamber from the verge. If all goes to plan, construction work could start later this month.

County councillor for the area Glen Sanderson, who has been pressing for the work to be done, said: “This application follows a number of meetings we have had at the site of the bridge with Highways staff and local people.

“Obviously, it is an extensive project and has to be done carefully in order to make the bridge as safe as we can for motorists, but also to make sure that we preserve the very special historic look and feel that the structure has.

“Local people were getting very frustrated that progress wasn’t as fast as they would have liked. That is why we have had the meetings and I’m very pleased that everything seems to be on track now.

“Hopefully the work can get started as soon as possible.”