Final options for main road on view

Station Road in Ashington.

Station Road in Ashington.

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Residents and businesses in Ashington will have a chance to see an exhibition about future improvements to Station Road next week.

The two-day exhibition at Unit 2 Wansbeck Square, will show the options that have been considered for the future of the street, and allow people to express their views.

The plans will be on display to the public on Tuesday, January 26, from 2pm to 7pm and Wednesday, January 27, from 9.30am to 4.30pm at the shop unit, which is between the Buzz café and Northumberland County Council’s offices.

Station Road is currently pedestrianised, and the options that have been considered are the road remaining pedestrianised; opening the road to two way traffic, and opening it up to one-way traffic. Details of all these options and their pros and cons, along with plans and visuals, will be on show.

The council is working closely with its development company Arch on the regeneration of the North East Quarter of Ashington and wants to ensure that improvements to Station Road are in keeping with the wider development proposals.

Liaison is taking place through a stakeholder group which includes representatives from the town council, town team and county councillors to ensure local views are included in future work.

Coun Dave Ledger, deputy leader of Northumberland County Council and chair of Arch, said: “We want to have a prosperous county with sustainable economic growth – one where businesses can thrive and people have access to high quality jobs.

“I hope people take this opportunity to see and comment about what is being considered for Station Road.”

This exhibition follows previous consultation last year.

Following consideration of feedback it is intended to finalise the design of the preferred option during the Spring, with improvement works carried out before the end of 2016.