Deadline for comments on Amble one-way system closes today

Part of the one-way system in Amble.
Part of the one-way system in Amble.

Residents have until the end of today to submit their comments about making a temporary one-way system in Amble permanent.

The system runs from the bottom of Queen Street, along Coquet Street and Leazes Street, ending at Newburgh Street.

It was introduced in December 2014 to see if it would ease traffic congestion along the harbour area.

The order expired earlier this month, but it has recently been agreed to extend it on a temporary basis until Tuesday, March 15, 2016.

However, Northumberland County Council is seeking people’s comments about making the scheme permanent.

The authority says that anecdotal evidence suggests that the scheme has been a success and would support a permanent order on this bases in the new year, together with associated restrictions complimentary to the road-safety aspects of a one-way scheme, ie double-yellow road marking to improve sight lines throughout the scheme.

According to a poll on the website of the town’s community newspaper, The Ambler, 46 per cent of people who took part believed that the system is easing congestion along Leazes Street.

However, 35 per cent said that it has moved congestion elsewhere, while 15 per cent believe the situation was better before.

The deadline for comments about making the one-way system permanent closes today.

Comments can be sent via email at highwaysprogramme@northumberland.gov.uk or via letter to NCC, Technical Services, Sustainable Transport, County Hall, Morpeth, NE61 2EF. People should mark the envelope Amble One Way System.