Improvement work to main Blyth road delayed

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

Work to improve one of Northumberland’s most congested roads has had to be delayed for a few weeks for technical reasons.

Work was due to start next week on the first phase of the £750,000 scheme to reduce congestion on Cowpen Road in Blyth.

But engineers have discovered a high-voltage cable running underneath its junction with Tynedale Drive which will need to be diverted, meaning the project has to be put back a number of weeks.

Further investigation work will now be carried out to allow for detailed discussions with the utility companies.

Northumberland County Council has apologised for the delay, which is unavoidable for safety reasons. The scheme will be started as soon as possible.

The project is spilt into three phases.

In the first, a set of traffic lights is to be removed from Tynedale Drive at its junction with Cowpen Road and a key junction improved in a bid to ease traffic flows.

It also involves converting the junction into a priority junction with no right turn from Tynedale Drive.

The current traffic signals on Coniston Road junction will be retained but upgraded with more modern, energy efficient lights.

The Tynedale Drive junction is also to be widened slightly to help traffic flow.

Stages two and three, to improve Cowpen Road between Coniston Road and the A189, will also continue to be progressed over the next few months as planned.