High-tech answer to causeway

A HIGH-tech solution may be in sight to help prevent careless motorists crossing the Holy Island causeway when the tide is in.

Stephen Pinchen, who owns Alnwick Computerware, has teamed up with a company called Ecovision to design an electronic sign and barrier which is weather-resistant, water-activated and powered by green energy.

The partnership has already installed a remote webcam at the Barn at Beal, which offers a view of the causeway and uses wind and solar energy.

The new design would involve an LED sign or traffic light, while a sensor monitors water level and lowers a barrier when it is unsafe to cross.

A meeting to discuss possible solutions will take place on Holy Island on August 23.