Trade fears over long lights delays

BUSINESS leaders have repeated concerns that trade is suffering as a result of Morpeth’s traffic row.

The Morpeth and District Chamber of Trade warned in May that shops may close as customers are being driven elsewhere due to congestion and parking charges.

And Chairman John Beynon said last week that it is still a problem.

“Businesses are suffering, The public are telling us that they aren’t coming into town as much. People can’t just pop down to Morpeth for something, it is a big plan to get to Morpeth now. They can go to Ashington, Blyth, Cramlington and the Metro Centre and can get there as quickly without the lights,” he said.

“We don’t want to be saying these things. We try to put a positive spin on things and tell people to still come to Morpeth, but people know that there are delays.”

He added: “I have lived in Morpeth all my life and I have never known anything like this. We are virtually gridlocked.”