Northumbrian Water (NWL) is working with the County Council and developers to install a new strategic foul sewer to connect current and future housing developments north and west of Morpeth. The last stretch of drainage required is on Dark Lane between St Georges Hospital access and Morrison’s roundabout. Work was originally planned to start in September, but representations to NWL have resulted in the start being deferred until January in order to avoid the build up to Christmas trade and all the various activities planned to take place in the town centre.
NWL plans to keep traffic moving on Dark Lane by doing the work in three separate stages. This will mean temporary traffic lights, and motorists will be unable to exit either the Dacre Street or the Howard Road junctions on to Dark Lane at certain times. There will be regular meetings with NWL before the project begins and throughout the installation work to make sure that all is operating smoothly and that Morpeth remains open for business, about which your Lib Dem councillors are delighted.
We fully appreciate that residents, visitors and town centre workers find disruption on the roads frustrating. Local traders and service providers always worry about losing business and we share their concern. Morpeth town centre is constricted because of its’ historical layout, and therefore it can be difficult to avoid traffic problems during major works, and this particular project is essential. Everyone is endeavouring to ensure that the project causes the minimum of difficulties. The important message we all need to pass on is that Morpeth will remain open for business and we hope that local people and visitors will continue to use the town and support the businesses that keep the town centre a vibrant place to be.