Work on roundabout ahead of new hospital

Moor Farm Roundabout, Cramlington.
Moor Farm Roundabout, Cramlington.

Motorists are being advised about roadworks at a key junction in south east Northumberland.

Work is due to start on August 27 at the A19 Moor Farm Roundabout in Cramlington to provide additional capacity at the junction in preparation for the new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital opening.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is investing £3.8m to improve traffic flows in the area, with £1.3m being spent on the works at the roundabout, which will last until late November.

The work will include widening the carriageway, installing new signs, barriers and drainage, and carrying out work to the traffic signals.

Work will take place between 8am and 4pm and 8pm and 6am each day, with two lanes expected to remain open.

Paul Brayson, project director for the building of the new hospital, said: “These schemes represent a very significant investment into the local road infrastructure as well as the local economy and have been designed to make the roads safer and more efficient for residents in the area.”

Highways Agency project manager Shaun Cullumbine said: “This scheme is designed to increase the capacity at the junction in order to accommodate increased traffic flows associated with the new hospital facility.

“The work will reduce congestion and improve safety at Moor Farm Roundabout.”

These works follow the first phase of traffic improvements that were completed in East Cramlington, which included the realignment of the southbound slip road off the A189 into East Cramlington to a new roundabout at the entrance to the new hospital site, plus the installation of traffic lights and road improvements at the junction of Lamb Street and Front Street in East Cramlington.