Cash boost to help improve congested road

Traffic on Cowpen Road, Blyth.
Traffic on Cowpen Road, Blyth.

Funding has been secured to ease traffic problems in Blyth.

Commuters have suffered from years of problems trying to use Cowpen Road.

Now fresh £1.2million plans are being put together after officials secured a £600,000 grant along with match-funding from Northumberland County Council.

The funding from the North East Combined Authority and Local Economic Partnership will help ease traffic congestion.

An improvement plan was tabled last year by Cowpen councillor Susan Davey which included proposals to widen the road to increase the traffic flow especially at peak times.

The council has already implemented some of Coun Davey’s plan specifically altering the timing of traffic lights on the stretch of the road which was dubbed ‘the worst gridlock in Northumberland’.

The extra cash which was secured as part of a larger grant award of more than £6million in the latest round of awards from the Combined Authority and the Local Economic Partnership.

Coun Susan Davey said: “Local people have had to put up with a dangerously congested Cowpen Road for years and I’ve been working hard to secure the funding to tackle the problem once and for all.

“It’s been a top priority identified by local residents and visitors alike and I’m delighted that we’ve now secured funding to implement my improvement plan.

“I’ll be monitoring the plan’s implementation over the coming months but I’m quietly confident that Cowpen Road will be a safer and a freer flowing road in the future.”