Northumberlandia’s status as a tourist attraction is being undermined by the risks of visitors having to cross a busy dual carriageway to get to it, according to a local councillor.
Cramlington West’s Barry Flux has demanded a full road safety audit over mounting concerns as to the lack of a safe crossing of the 60mph Fisher Lane, or he fears someone could be seriously injured or even killed.
It is predicted that Northumberlandia – the world’s largest human landform sculpture, which was unveiled on the Blagdon Estate last year, will attract more than 200,000 visitors each and every year.
Access to the landform –and the 46-acre park which surrounds it – from the town of Cramlington itself, is via a crossing point on Fisher Lane, which is indicated only by a red strip of Tarmac, painted on the road.
It has no lights, warning signs for drivers or any control for pedestrians to safely cross the road.
“Northumberlandia was promoted as being a major visitor attraction but unfortunately the developers have not put the infrastructure in place to make it accessible or safe for people to access across Fisher Lane in Cramlington,” Coun Flux said.
“Families with toddlers, elderly and disabled people are having to dodge 60mph cars across a dual carriageway with just a small red strip of Tarmac to show them where to cross.
“This is a recipe for disaster and I want action before there is an accident.”
Coun Flux has now written to Northumberland County Council demanding a full review into road safety near the site.
“As a minimum we need a road safety review,” Coun Flux added.
“For such a premier site, it is a disgrace that there isn’t a safe crossing point or bridge to offer safety for toddlers and local residents wishing to access Northumberlandia.
“This is either an oversight or extremely bad planning.”
A spokesperson for Northumberland County Council said: “We have received this request from Coun Flux and are looking into the issue.”