Around 50 miles of county roads to be surface-dressed

Northumberland's roads will be a smoother place to travel this summer as work gets under way to improve sections of the network.

Thursday, 11th May 2017, 7:26 am
Updated Thursday, 11th May 2017, 9:49 am
Bamburgh to Seahouses coastal road

Around 53 miles of roads will be improved in Northumberland County Council’s annual surface-dressing programme.

Surface dressing is used where the existing road surface has worn over a period of several years. This can lead to minor surface cracks, allowing water to enter and cause damage which can reduce the skidding resistance of the road surface.

Surface dressing seals the cracks, protecting the underlying construction, and restores the surface texture and skidding resistance of the road.

Where required, teams have also carried out patching along the length of road before the surface-dressing treatment takes place.

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This year’s programme, in which the council has invested almost £2million, will see road surfaces improved from the Scottish border down to the south east corner of the county and across into Tynedale.

This work forms part of the council’s Local Transport Plan Programme, a £20million investment for 2017/18 to maintain and improve the county’s highway and transport network.

David Laux, head of technical services at the county council, said: “We’re committed to doing everything we can to provide quality repairs to our county’s roads in the most cost effective way.

“These more minor roads are often lifelines between rural communities and it’s vital they are kept in a good state of repair. This annual programme of surface dressing will see improvements to roads across the county.”

More details of the work on the programme is available via


A68, Border Forest Park

A698, Longridge

A697, Ford


B1339, Longhoughton 30mph limits north to Howick junction

B1340, Bamburgh to Seahouses

B6346, Eglingham Hall

B6348, Weetwood Road, Wooler

C90, Bridge of Aln to Garminedge Bank