A scheme is set to get under way to improve traffic flows at a busy Cramlington town-centre junction.
The junction at Manor Walks of Westmorland Way and Forum Way has been problematic for some years and the increasing popularity of the shopping centre has made traffic flows worse.
Now, the county council is looking to replace the junction with a roundabout, which it says will improve traffic flows and road safety.
Detailed design work has begun and construction could start early next year once the Christmas shopping rush is out of the way.
Cramlington Village councillor, Mark Swinburn, said: “We have worked very hard since May last year and I want to personally thank those involved with this for their involvement.
“This is a substantial project and a significant investment which will provide necessary improvements to safety and congestion for residents and those using the town-centre facilities.”
Bruno Coppola, general manager of Manor Walks, added: “We are thrilled to support the improvement of traffic flows around Cramlington.
“Accessibility is a major part of the day while visiting Manor Walks for shopping and leisure and the works will support customer experience, which is our utmost priority.”