Four proposals to ease road’s traffic problem

Traffic on Cowpen Road, Blyth.
Traffic on Cowpen Road, Blyth.

Plans to tackle a traffic ‘black spot’ on a busy south east Northumberland road have overcome their first hurdle.

The proposals are for Cowpen Road in Blyth.

Four potential schemes to help traffic flow and reduce the impact of congestion on the surrounding streets, have been adopted by Northumberland County Council’s policy board and will now be progressed to a working group to develop a delivery plan.

The proposals include the possible creation of two strategic roundabouts, a traffic relief scheme from the A189 Spine Road and the creation of a mini roundabout at Cowley Road with the potential of re-opening Spencer Road, which is currently blocked to traffic.

They also include the possibility of altering an existing footpath to create a driveway behind Horton Grange Primary School.

Coun Susan Davey said: “The problems on Cowpen Road are well documented and it’s clear we’re going to need to tackle them ourselves as the government has snubbed us in terms of potential funding.

“These proposals are a sensible approach to tackle a long standing problem.

“I’ve had countless residents tell me that the ‘Cowpen Road nightmare journey’ is one of the worst in Blyth and it’s time the council acted.

“I’m pleased that the plans have cleared their first hurdle and I’ll be pushing for their adoption at the earliest possible time.”

Each scheme will now be considered by a policy board working group which will report back to the main board with recommendations.