Road and rail misery for travellers in Northumberland
Flooding on roads and railways has made it a miserable commute for many people in Northumberland.
Services on the main east coast line are running again between Berwick and Newcastle but are subject to major delays.
There have also been flooding problems on the A1, most notably near Fenwick and Eshott.
Police want to make the public aware of some road closures due to adverse weather overnight.
Officers have been working through the night to ensure any disruption is minimised and they have managed to clear many of the main arterial routes.
- The A189 spine road at Cramlington which goes past hospital is closed in both directions. Diversions are in place.
- The A19 northbound between Testo’s roundabout and the turn off for Boldon is down to one lane and ausing congestion
- The A1 near to Newton on Moor at Alnwick also has a lot of standing water and the road is down to one lane in both directions.
- The Lindisfarne roundabout underneath the A19 in South Tyneside also has a lot of standing water. It is passable but will cause extra delays.
There is still some significant standing water on some roads in urbans areas that is passable with care. Large areas of rural Northumberland have also been badly affected.
The message from police is for motorists to reduce their speed and concentrate on the road. If possibe leave extra time for your journeys as there will be congestion.
Officers and local authority workers will be on duty through the morning to try and ensure the roads are moving as quickly as possible.
The public are reminded that they shoudl only dial 999 in an emergency. Call 101 if you require a police response but there is not immediate risk to person or property.