Traffic calming works for approach to section of town

Plans to introduce a road safety scheme on the approach to Stobhill in Morpeth have taken a major step forward.

Friday, 24th March 2017, 12:04 pm
Updated Saturday, 25th March 2017, 10:49 am
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It aims to slow traffic as it enters this residential area by extending the 30mph speed zone – introducing texture and road markings to calm speeds and create a safer crossing zone at the bus stops on each side of the A192.

Northumberland County Council has now advertised a traffic order, a legal requirement before any work can commence, and assuming there are no significant objections, the work will start over the coming weeks.

The 30mph zone will be extended.

In addition to the traffic calming measures, a Welcome to Morpeth sign will be installed.

The £12,000 scheme is being funded through the county council’s Local Transport Plan local safety scheme, with a contribution of £2,000 from Barratt Homes.

Coun Ian Swithenbank, county council cabinet member with responsibility for highways, said: “This straight stretch of road does attract motorists travelling at high speeds, so the introduction of an extended 30mph zone will significantly improve road safety.”

The 30mph zone will be extended.