Bedlington pedestrian subway closed temporarily following safety concerns

10 Jan 2018

A pedestrian subway adjacent to the Red Lion roundabout in Bedlington is to be temporarily closed following local concerns about its condition and the anti - social behaviour that is taking place within it.  

Pedestrians will continue to be able to cross the road safely using an alternative route via the footpath and zebra crossings on Choppington Lane.

The subway from Glebe Road provides access under the A1068, Choppington Lane, but suffers from flooding and the collection of debris.  Access is poor - either via steps or a steep ramp -  and concerns have been raised about anti-social behaviour and public safety as it is an area where youths congregate.

The subway closure has been requested by County Councillor Russ Wallace and West Bedlington Town Council are also supporting the proposal.  A Temporary Traffic Regulation Order relating to its closure will come into effect on 5th February 2018, and will be in place for a period of 18 months.  During the period of the closure the impact will be monitored.

Northumberland County Councillor Glen Sanderson, cabinet member for the environment and local services, said:  “Concerns about the subway have been raised with us by Councillor Wallace and West Bedlington Town Council.  We have listened to what they have told us and will be working closely with them to investigate possible improvements and solutions for both pedestrians and vehicles within the area.”