Work complete on £6.5m roads improvements scheme

Work is complete on a £6.5m scheme to improve the road network in rural parts of Northumberland.

It comes after the county council successfully bid for a share of £75 million from the government’s national Highway Maintenance Challenge Fund after local authorities were challenged to put forward schemes which could make a real difference to road users.

The County Council was the only local authority in the region and one of only eight in the whole of England to have secured successive back to back awards from the national Highway Maintenance Challenge Fund.

The £5m DfT funding, combined with a further £1.5m input from the council, allowed for improvements to almost 26km of highway along three key routes in the more rural parts of the county.

The improvements were carried out on the C200 road at Kielder and the C205 at Stonehaugh, along with the C172 between Whittingham and Netherton.

Paul Jones, Director of Local Services at Northumberland County Council, said: “The fact that the County Council has been able to secure significant back to back awards from the DfT Challenge Fund against stiff competition from other local authorities across the whole of England, demonstrates the quality and professionalism of our staff.

“We put forward a very robust bid which highlighted the significant economic benefits of improving these particular roads, which despite being in some of the most rural parts of the county, are well used, being vital routes for the timber industry, quarrying and tourism sectors as well as the residents who use them each day.

“Due to their remote locations teams have endured some extreme weather and we’re delighted the schemes have been completed to such a high standard.

“These roads are key links between many rural communities so it’s very important they are maintained and improved to keep these corners of our county open for business.”
 
View all news