Work under way on road to new hospital

WORK is under way on the main access road that leading to a specialist emergency care hospital about to be built at Cramlington.

The works are part of £1m worth of improvements being made on and around the site to provide safer access to the new hospital for ambulances, visitors and staff.

The works now started will improve the junction of the southbound slip road onto Lamb Street and create a new safer pedestrian crossing.

The junction at Lamb Street and Front Street is also being improved by having traffic lights fitted to help minimise congestion.

Northumbria Heathcare NHS Trust is also installing new road markings and improved signage to highlight new pedestrian and cycleway routes to the forthcoming hospital.

A shuttle service will be provided from Cramlington shopping centre and Northumberland Park Metro station in Shiremoor to the new hospital.

Investment will also be made in new cycle storage facilities at Cramlington railway station and the North Tyneside Metro station to encourage staff to travel to work by bike.

Project travel plan co-ordinator Andrea Stoker said: “We are delighted that improvements to road and links to cycleways are now under way.”

Planning permission for the £75m hospital was granted by Northumberland County Council in October. Work on the hospital building is expected to begin in the summer.