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Westmorland Way roundabout

Improvement works complete at Cramlington junction

A scheme to improve safety and traffic flows at a busy Cramlington town centre junction has been completed on schedule.

The junction at Manor Walks of Westmorland Way, Forum Way and Melling Road has been problematic for some years and the increasing popularity of the shopping centre has made traffic flows worse.

The five-month scheme is now fully open, ahead of the main Christmas shopping rush. All that now remains is some final road marking works.

The roundabout includes provision for a fifth leg, directly into the temporary car park area, which will also allow for future development on the former police station site, while a new footpath/cycleway link from the subway beside the East Coast Main Line footbridge to Forum Way has been installed.

Head of Technical Services David Laux said: “This was a substantial project which will provide much-needed improvements to safety and congestion for residents and those using the town centre facilities.

“We’re very pleased to have completed this major scheme on time, allowing the new layout to be fully open ahead of the main Christmas rush.

“Throughout the project we’ve worked to keep disruption to a minimum and want to thank residents and visitors for their understanding during this time.”

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