Coalition uses traffic flow improvement cash to assist Highways Repair.
Northumberland Labour Group are pleased that one true 'Pinch Point' will get assistance from the Coalition Government but are angry that we have been asked to use this valuable resource to repair highway that should have been directly funded by Government.
Ovingham Bridge a genuine 'pinch point' problem has had funding assistance in this round, but £4.99M that should have been forthcoming directly from Government to fund the B6344 Weldon Bridge to Rothbury, has been hijacked from 'pinch point' to repair the landslip on this road.
Grant Davey Leader of Council said: " Following a visit from Coalition Transport Secretary Patrick McGloughlin the Department of Transport should have pulled out all the stops and directly funded this vital artery for the people of the Coquet Valley, instead the Minster hijacked the cash from the 'Pinch Point' fund. 'Pinch Point' cash is issued to keep traffic flowing in areas locked down primarily by volume or stress on the highway. Ovingham Bridge is one such stressed area, our other two areas of greatest need from a primary pinch point perspective are Cowpen Road and Laverock Hall Road both in Blyth where we have standing traffic on a regular and ongoing basis affecting commerce in the Town. I believe this decision shows how austerity for the North comes first and people second in the Coalition's view of things."