Government to provide £21m towards new link road

THE government has anounced it will be providing £21m of funding towards the building of a link road in the county.

The Department for Transport will give the cash towards the building of the new £30m South East Northumberland Strategic Link Road.

The Government is to provide 70 per cent of the funding for the road, which will link the A1 north of Morpeth with the South East of the county. Northumberland County Council will provide the remainder of the funding.

The new transport link is expected to boost the economy across south east northumberland and the north east as a whole by improving connections for business to major transport routes.

It will providing an important solution to the congestion in Morpeth and in surrounding communities, and will unlock development sites to the north of the town that are currently logjammed by transport and access problems.

The new road will also creating a positive impact on the South East Northumberland housing market, increasing connectivity to the A1 and improving the prospects for both economic recovery and private sector -led housing investment.

The Leader of Northumberland County Council Councillor Jeff Reid said: “The Government’s decision to part fund the link road is very good news indeed for both Northumberland residents and the business community. Our officers have worked very hard on putting together this successful bid.

“It means work can now begin on an important strategic route that will reduce traffic levels in Morpeth and provide an alternative for through journeys. There will be wider economic benefits also, as businesses have access to improved transport links.”

Following the completion of the Pegswood Bypass in 2007, council engineers have been developing proposals for the final section of the strategic link road that will join the A197 at Whorral Bank to the A1 trunk road south of Fairmoor.