County Council seeking to minimise Cramlington roadworks disruption
February 15, 2023
Northumberland County Council has issued a statement regarding road disruption:
The council is continuing to work with housing developers and contractors to try and minimise disruption as a Cramlington road scheme continues.The works are being carried out by a private contractor, Fred Mence Construction, on behalf of Bellway Homes and Persimmon Homes and are to fulfil the requirements of the planning permission for the housing developments at St Nicholas Manor adjacent to the A1171 Crow Hall Lane. The works are being carried out in four phases and started last summer. The overall works include the complete remodelling and reconstruction of Station Road roundabout and its approaches, the construction of a new roundabout at the junction of the A1171 and Nelson Village as well as road widening of the A1171 and the creation of a number of new footpaths. The current focus of the works is the construction of the much bigger new roundabout at the Station Road intersection with Westmorland Way and Crowhall Lane. Councillor John Riddle, Cabinet Member for Local Services, said: “We are very aware that the works are causing disruption for people across the town and I’d like to apologise for the disruption and inconvenience this is causing. “We are continuing to work with contractors and developers to try and minimise issues. “It is fair to say that from the outset it has been known that construction of this scheme would be very difficult given the works to be carried out at the junction of four busy roads. Having to close multiple legs of the roundabout simultaneously was unfortunately necessary to undertake the work safely due not only to the scale of the new roundabout in comparison to the existing one but also the substantial level changes and installation of new drainage. “Safety will always be our absolute priority, but levels of acceptable disruption and the quality of the works are also factors and we are continuing to press the contractor to carry out the works in a way to minimise disruption and get them completed as quickly as is possible. “We continue to thank people for their patience and understanding while these vital improvements to the town’s road infrastructure are completed.” Further information on the detail of these phases of works will be provided by the contractor as the scheme progresses.