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A1 Wandylaw to Warenford Scheme

A1 Wandylaw to Warenford Scheme update

Claire Miller (Clerk, Hedgeley Parish Council) has today received and forwarded the following information via Robbie Burn (Chair, Hedgeley Parish Council) regarding the above scheme of works.

Dear Ms Miller.


Following a public meeting held at Belford last Saturday, the planned works on the A1 between Wandylaw and Warenford due to commence on 2nd March have been rescheduled until after Highways England has undertaken further consultation with local residents and businesses.   The predicted prolonged period of exceptionally cold weather has also contributed to Highway England’s decision to postpone the scheme as the planned works required temperatures above freezing for the duration of the closure.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this late change, but hope that you will appreciate the reasons for our decision.  We will contact you again as part of the additional consultation and when we have a new date for the start of this scheme.

With regard to your query about the effect of additional traffic on Powburn, when Highways England seeks to divert traffic from our strategic road network we are required to seek the permission of the Local Highway Authority onto whose roads we propose to sign traffic.  In this case that Local Highway Authority is Northumberland County Council.  When seeking their permission we did of course discuss the additional traffic that would be diverted onto the A697 while the works are carried out, but they did not require any specific measures to be put in place here.  However, we have taken note of your concerns and we will be able to provide temporary pedestrian crossing signals.  Additionally, we have spoken with the police regarding the changes to traffic movements that this scheme will cause, and they have agreed to deploy additional resources to help manage vehicle speeds while our works are progressing.

With regard to your query about double white centre line markings, again this is a matter for Northumberland County Council as they are the Highway Authority for the A697.  I would note though that if a road is too narrow then double white lines are would not be appropriate, as drivers could inadvertently break the law if they needed to move towards the centre of the carriageway to pass an obstruction.  Moving on to your query about the condition of the road surface, again this is the responsibility of Northumberland County Council, although I would note that we have delayed the start of this scheme from November 2017 to enable the local authority to complete works on the A697 – admittedly, these works may have been remote from Powburn.

Yours sincerely,
Steve Bishop

Steve Bishop, Route Manager
Highways England | Lateral | 8 City Walk | Leeds | LS11 9AT
Tel: +44 (0) 300 4702341 | Mobile: + 44 (0) 7786 275501
GTN: 0300 470 2341


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