Relief as road works due for after Easter

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Traders have spoken of their relief following the rescheduling of major work on the A1, after a letter sparked fears of Easter holiday disruption and financial loss.

Concerns were raised after the Highways Agency announced a month-long resurfacing project on the northbound Alnwick bypass.

The scheme, between West Cawledge Park and the end of the dualled section, north of the Denwick junction, was due to run from April 1 to May 2.

The letter, received by householders and businesses over the weekend, said that the work would be done in two phases with the Denwick and Alnwick South junctions closed to northbound traffic at different stages.

But this notice sparked alarm, with traders criticising the work as it coincided with the April school holidays and Easter weekend.

They feared it would impact on what is a normally profitable time of the year and people would be put off from visiting the area.

However, a Cabinet Office spokeswoman said yesterday that the letter should have stated that work wouldn’t take place over the Bank Holiday.

She also said the work has been pushed back to after Easter Monday, although she could not say why as the project manager was unavailable.

The new date is still to be confirmed, but the news has relieved traders.

Nathan Trotter, of Trotter’s Family Bakers, said: “It is a relief. That is much better. The letter said the work would take place 24 hours a day for a month, right through the Easter period.”