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New road arrangements on Ashington market day

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A new trial arrangement aimed at improving the packing-up period on Ashington market day will start next Tuesday afternoon.

Since Station Road re-opened to traffic, some concerns have been raised about vehicle movements when traders are packing their stalls away at the end of the day.

A number of options have been considered that reduce the potential for issues between vans and cars.

Following a number of traffic surveys and discussions with traders and other stakeholders, it has been agreed to introduce a temporary closure of the road for 90 minutes from 3pm on Tuesday (market day) afternoons.

The thinking behind this closure is that it will allow sufficient time for people parked in the bays to leave at the end of their maximum stay period and the traders an hour to then load-up and for council staff to dismantle the stalls.

It will be staffed to allow access for commercial vehicles to the shops for deliveries and to enable traders to move their vehicles around.

Initially, it will be a pilot scheme for three months, with a review to gauge feedback and assess its effectiveness.

A decision will then be taken on whether to continue with this option as the normal method of working on market days.

Coun Glen Sanderson, cabinet member for the environment and local services, said: “This is the county’s busiest market and traders are reporting business is going well.

“It’s important that everyone who uses this stretch of Station Road is kept safe and this limited weekly closure option is the best solution for traders, shoppers and drivers.

“I would like to thank all those stakeholders who provided feedback to the recent consultation and I hope that this pilot scheme will successfully resolve the issues that have arisen around packing-up time and help sustain a vibrant market in Ashington.”