Wheels in motion for new cycleway

An artists impression of a section of the work that will take place to improve infrastructure for cyclists in Morpeth.
An artists impression of a section of the work that will take place to improve infrastructure for cyclists in Morpeth.

A new cycleway and other improvements for pedestrians and road users on the Stobhill approach to Morpeth has got under way.

The scheme is going ahead after a successful bid by Northumberland County Council for £600,000 from the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

As part of wider work throughout the North East LEP area to improve sustainable travel options at key transport gateways, the approaches to Morpeth Railway Station were identified as a location where infrastructure for cyclists should be improved.

The first phase of the scheme has started this week, with the section furthest away from the town centre – on the A196 – carried out first in order to minimise disruption across Morpeth.

The work will include widening existing footways, providing new and upgraded crossings, relocating pedestrian refuges and providing kerbed cycle sections.

Stobhill county councillor Ian Lindley said: “I am very pleased that the project has gained regional funding.

“In establishing and designing this scheme, we have been able to consider the long-standing issues created by dominance of the main road.

“We are seeking to relieve these issues and include safer and better pedestrian crossings at key points, as well as improving vehicle access and egress from estates and roads joining the main A192.”

While the scheme is primarily designed to improve infrastructure for cyclists, it will also have safety benefits for all travellers.