Work gets underway in £6.5m road improvement scheme

20 Dec 2017

Work has begun on a £6.5m scheme to improve the road network in rural parts of Northumberland.

This summer the county council successfully bid for a share of £75 million from the government’s national Highway Maintenance Challenge Fund after local authorities were challenged to put forward schemes which could make a real difference to road users.

The County Council is the only local authority in the region to have secured successive back to back awards from the national Highway Maintenance Challenge Fund.

The funding, combined with a further £1.5m input from the council, will see improvements to 24km of highway along three key routes in the more rural parts of the county.

Now initial work has started on two of the routes - the C200 road at Kielder and the C205 at Stonehaugh. Teams are busy replacing drains, building gullies, removing and laying new kerbs, widening the roads and creating new passing places. Resurfacing work will start once road temperatures improve in the coming months.

Glen Sanderson, the County Council’s Cabinet member for Environment and Local Services: “It’s great that work is now underway on this crucial piece of work.

“These are vital routes for the timber industry, quarrying and tourism and of course the residents who use these roads each day. While all the work can’t be completed until the temperatures increase we are keen to get as much work done as we can.

“We will of course endeavour to keep any disruption to a minimum and appreciate drivers’ co-operation as work progresses,

“We are fully committed to making long term improvements and substantial investments in our county’s roads and this work is testament to that.”