Amble improvement works gather pace

A scheme to improve the roads in Amble town centre is well on-track.

A range of work is being carried out in the award-winning town, which last year won a nationwide competition to find the best coastal high street.

To support the ever growing tourism economy, the refurbishment of Queen Street is now well underway.

Initial work involves repairs to the street’s sandstone paving and kerbing, including realignment, together with the removal of the cobblestones along its full length.

This will be followed by the complete resurfacing of the street, due to start mid February and due for completion within eight days, weather permitting. Once all of the construction works are completed the whole street, including the footpaths and road signs will then be given a good 'spring clean'.

The works are being funded from the Council’s Local Transport Plan for 2016/17.

Councillor Ian Swithenbank, Cabinet Member for Local Services, explained: “Careful consideration has been given to ensure the new surface looks good and will remain in good condition for years to come.

“We’re ensuring we provide a material that can endure the stresses that are typical of environments such as Queen Street.

“The current cobbles are not an historic feature, having been incorporated as part of a previous resurfacing scheme, and have been unpopular as they are difficult to keep clean and expensive to maintain.

“They will be replaced with a durable, long lasting material that will also provide a good contrast in colour to the main thoroughfare.”

As well as the surfacing work, the council is busy formalising the one way system. This will include improvements to the Newbrough Street / Leazes Street junction. A 20mph speed limit is also being implemented as part of this scheme along with a number of cycleway and signage  improvements.

Councillor Scott Dickinson, the council’s business chair, added: “Amble is continuing to grow in popularity as a tourism destination, with plans progressing for a new hotel and leisure facility.

“We need to ensure the town looks as good as it can and is easy for visitors to find their way round. These improvement works should provide a further boost to the town and both the local and wider economy of Northumberland.

I was also incredibly pleased to receive positive feedback from Amble Business Club at a recent meeting on the works and the council workers involved in the project.”
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