Monday, 13 January 2014

Labour councillors on council committee to start plans to ‘end 20 years of frustration and delay’ as traffic lights on Cowpen Road come under the microscope

Labour launches plan to tackle Cowpen Road travel chaos
Labour councillors on council committee to start plans to ‘end 20 years of frustration and delay’ as traffic lights on Cowpen Road come under the microscope

Northumberland County Council Joint Streetcare, Infrastructure and Culture Working group was told Cowpen Ward Councillor, Susan Davey that ‘residents had to put up with 20 years of traffic problems on Cowpen Road and that she was keen to tackle the traffic problems on road as a matter of urgency’ at a meeting of the committee on 8 January.
Labour Councillor Davey has sought assurances that information from the pollution recorder situated beside the entrance of Coniston Road would be made available for the next meeting of the working group in February. She also highlighted the need to look at comparative data from an area where traffic flowed freely and she stressed the need for the working group ‘to get to grips with the problem and look for workable solutions’ to the long running problem which has seen gridlock on the road at rush hour and lengthy delays during the day. She also stressed the need for the committee to look at the traffic flow figures for another controversial road scheme which saw traffic lights situated at Telford Bridge in Morpeth before and after the removal of the lights and she urged that the group compared the outcome of the removal of the lights.

Councillor Mrs Susan Davey said:
"We’re obviously disappointed to be snubbed by the coalition government in our bid to secure pinch point funding but we’ve got to find a solution to this problem which has beset Blyth for over 20 years. Almost 20 year ago a mini roundabout at the junction of Cowpen Road and Coniston Road was replaced with a traffic light system which was a result of the demands of a local Transport Company. Now the people of Cowpen and Kitty Brewster are faced with a dreadful problem. Quite often the traffic is queued from the lights back down the slip road onto the A189. I have seen the improvements removing the traffic lights has brought to Morpeth and I'm determined to open up the debate about road traffic improvements on behalf of our communities. While the coalition government has set out plans to strip £130m from our budget, we’re determined to seek a cost effective way to strip out the traffic lights which are contributing to this massive impact on people’s day to day business"

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