Safety work plan for A697 crossroads

Work is to get underway to improve road safety on the crossroads between Alnwick and Rothbury.

Friday, 19th February 2016, 12:33 pm
Updated Friday, 19th February 2016, 12:35 pm
The A697 at New Moor House.

It follows a recent incident at the A697/B6341 New Moor House Crossroads where a car collided with a farmhouse, prompting safety concerns from residents.

While road safety improvements were carried out several years ago, the council has agreed a number of new safety measures as part of the 2015/16 Local Transport Plan programme.

The work around New Moor House Crossroads include improvements to the existing road markings, cutting back of vegetation to improve the visibility of existing traffic signs as well as cleaning of existing channels and gullies. These works are currently on-going and are expected to be complete by the end of next month.

Following the recent collision and site investigations further measures are proposed on the B6341 side road approach to New Moor Crossroads from Rothbury which include new signage and road markings.

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Councillor Ian Swithenbank, Cabinet Member for Local Services, said: “This crossroads is well-known to those of us who drive in Northumberland and has been the scene of a number of incidents over the years.

“While road safety improvements have been carried out in the past it was certainly time to reassess what more could be done and it is welcome news that we can carry out some remedial work over the coming weeks to hopefully further protect drivers and local residents.”