Final stages of Morpeth flood scheme getting underway

The final phase of an ambitious scheme to cut the flood risk in Morpeth is getting underway next month.

The Morpeth Surface Water Scheme is a £1m project at six locations to reduce surface water flood risk to 85 properties and improve the ability of roads in and around Morpeth to cope with heavy rain.

At Low Stanners, work involves the installation of a new road drainage system on Dark Lane and property protection measures to 17 homes on Staithes Lane and Swinney’s Court.  

Once complete, the work will provide a significant reduction in potential traffic disruption from surface water flooding during periods of heavy rain, which will be felt beyond the flooded areas to the wider town and surrounding routes.

The work has been discussed with a range of stakeholders, including local landowners, bus companies and the Chamber of Trade, who agreed that now would be the best time of year to do the work.

A drop-in session for the public outlining the work will also be taking place on Monday 19th February between 3pm and 7pm at Morpeth Town Hall. Further events will be held during the construction period.

It was not possible to carry out the scheme at the same time as the Northumbrian Water works last year as the level of disruption would have been too great and would have involved roadworks continuing into last year’s Easter holidays.

The work is due to take five weeks and will start on 26th February. While every effort is being made to minimise disruption, including overnight and off-peak working, temporary traffic lights will be in place for the duration of the works and will control traffic on the Dark Lane / Staithes Lane roundabout.

Councillor Glen Sanderson, Cabinet Member for Environment and Local Services, said: “This is one of the final key stages of this long-term work to cut flooding issues in Morpeth.

“Residents will know only too-well that surface water can gather in this area after heavy rain and this drainage work will provide much-needed improvements.

“We have done all we can to minimise disruption and I want to thank residents and motorists in advance for their understanding while this work takes place.”
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