Work on the Holy Island causeway is scheduled to get underway before the expected influx of tourists this Easter.
Northumberland County Councillor Dougie Watkin welcomed news at this week’s North Area Meeting that action is planned to improve driving on the causeway.
£90,000 has been made available from the newly-structured Local Transport plan, to be spent on the resurfacing of the road surface
A drainage ditch is to be dug in the sands along the northern side of the causeway, which will help with the drainage problems, given that the causeway is completely underwater twice a day.
It will also combat the accumulation of sand on the road, which has contributed to making it a tricky driving surface. Sand is blown onto the road by winds at low tide, but is also left there in large quantities by the receding tides.
Consensus has been reached with Natural England for this work, which will involve digging by hand in order to protect the sand’s unique natural habitat.
Any removed sand will also be moved to help create and protect such habitats.
“It is great that the money is here and plans are going ahead,” said coun Watkin.
“We are in a moving environment there, so let’s go and get on and do it.”
He also added that it was hugely desirable to get the work started before the tourist season begins: “Please let’s get it done before Easter.”
Northumberland County Council is also working on the problem of what was described as “indiscriminate parking”, especially at Chair Ends at the end of the causeway.
To this end, to pallets of wooden bollards have been delivered to NCC, which will be set up to help control parking.