We have agreed to undertake a wide ranging review of the traffic network in Morpeth, with the aim of making the network the most safe and effective that it can be. That may or may not include the traffic lights being kept.
Our current evidence is that the traffic lights represent the best way of mitigating the impact of the superstore in a safe manner but we continue to have an open mind about what better alternatives can be found.
We will hold consultation meetings which will be facilitated by an independent expert from outside of Northumberland in order to ensure a full range of views are fully explored and entrenched opinions do not dominate. The current campaign has focussed on removal of the traffic lights but not on what the viable and safe alternatives might be. This work will provide the opportunity to explore alternatives in an open and collaborative way.