Work gets under way next week on a major scheme to re-open Ashington’s main shopping street to traffic.
The six-month project will see Station Road re-opened to through traffic and is designed to boost local trade, improve the overall look of the street and help deliver wider economic benefits as part of the on-going regeneration of the town centre.
It follows widespread consultation with Ashington Town Council, the Town Team, local traders and residents – with 95 per cent of them in favour of the proposal to open the street to traffic one-way (westbound).
The current pedestrianisation of Station Road dates from the early 1990s and was introduced in an effort to help stimulate local trade, but it became clear from stakeholder feedback that the time was right to re-evaluate the street and its use.
Northumberland County Council leader Grant Davey said: “The main aim of the proposal to re-open Station Road, coupled with the Portland Park proposals, is to help re-establish Ashington town centre as a thriving heart to the town and attract the local customers that it has lost over the years.
“Through our detailed consultation, it’s overwhelmingly clear this is what local businesses and residents want to happen and when the work is complete, it should provide a great boost to both the street and the town.”
A scheme is also being developed – it will be launched this summer – to help shop owners improve their shop fronts over the next two years as part of the longer term plans to make Station Road more attractive and help boost the town centre economy.