Seaside village set to trial one-way system

Northumberland Street in Alnmouth.
Northumberland Street in Alnmouth.

A series of parking and traffic proposals are to be trialled in Alnmouth from next month in a bid to tackle the village’s ongoing and growing issues.

The various schemes have developed from an initial public meeting last year at which residents raised a series of concerns about parking and traffic congestion in the popular village.

It was quickly followed by consultations on no waiting at any time restrictions on the south-east side of Riverside Road and the installation of double yellow lines on the south-east side of The Wynd/Marine Road, but now a raft of changes are to be trialled.

The following changes are being made in the village, with all of the Traffic Regulation Orders for double yellow lines, speed restrictions and one-way streets to be implemented on an experimental basis:

l An experimental one-way system will be introduced in November for a period of 12 months, which will see traffic routed one-way in a southbound direction along Marine Road and back through the village along Northumberland Street in a northbound direction. Traffic will remain two-way on The Wynd, Riverside Road and Argyle Street.

l Parking bays will be marked on Northumberland Street, Riverside Road and Marine Road on both sides of the street, leaving gaps for access to properties.

Some sections of double yellow lines will be introduced on Marine Road to work in conjunction with parking bays to create a staggered effect to slow traffic along the route and formalise parking arrangements.

l Passing points (with double yellow lines) will be designed into the parking scheme on Riverside Road.

l Bus stops will be relocated to the west side of Northumberland Street, adjacent to The Schooner Hotel and Osborne House.

l A 20mph speed limit will be implemented throughout the village.

l As well as near the Duchess’s Bridge, yellow lines will be provided from Lint Gardens to the existing double yellow lines on Northumberland Street and at the other entrance to the roundabout.

l Time-limited parking bays are to be constructed in the existing grass verge on the B1338.

l The 30mph speed limit is being extended on the Foxton road to the access to Mount Pleasant.

l Improved village and car park signs will be provided.

l A residents’ permit parking scheme for Argyle Street is currently being consulted upon with the relevant properties. The deadline for responses is next Friday, after which a decision will be made on whether to go ahead.

A county council spokesman said: “All of the separate elements of this scheme have been designed to address issues raised by people through various consultations in the village.

“The initial public meeting captured the issues brought forward by the people attending, alongside some solutions proposed for consideration.

“The draft scheme designed to address the issues was presented to the parish council before being shown to the wider public at an exhibition in the village.

“Further responses were received to the draft proposals and some detailed discussions with various bodies has led to the scheme as it now stands.

“We have also had specific discussions, as appropriate, with individual residents and relevant groups.”

Alnmouth Parish Council will be discussing the trial solutions at its meeting on Tuesday night.