Road safety improvements for Alnmouth

04 Jan 2017

Work to improve the safety of one of Alnmouth’s main streets will take place next week (w/c January 9).

The Wynd at Alnmouth will be closed to traffic on January 9-10 for carriageway works to improve road safety on the bend. The new one way system in the village will be suspended for the duration of these works.

A traffic island is also being installed at the entrance to Northumberland Street on January 11-12 to split left and right turning traffic at the new junction. This work will need some traffic management but shouldn’t require a road closure.

The year-long trial of a new one-way system for the town was introduced last month and was designed to address issues raised by local people over congestion in the village and inconsiderate parking.

A new one way system is now in place on Marine Road and Northumberland Street that takes traffic in a clockwise direction towards the village's main car park at the beach in an effort to reduce congestion in the village centre.

In a further effort to reduce congestion, parking has been formalised in the village by marked parking bays. Double yellow lines have been introduced to areas where previously, parking created a road safety issue.

The existing time limited parking bays on Northumberland Street remain in place to allow for regular turnover of spaces to help local businesses.

The creation of ten additional parking spaces alongside the B1338, at the entrance to the village, is planned to take place in the spring. Further car parking could be provided in the future outside of the village centre, potentially on a seasonal basis. Investigations are still ongoing.

County Councillors Heather Cairns and Gordon Castle have been involved in consulting on the scheme in Alnmouth and are encouraging people to feedback their views to highwaysprogramme@northumberland.gov.uk so they can be considered before the trial ends.