Summer deadline for causeway warning signs

The new electronic sign at the Holy Island Causeway and cars waiting for the tide to clear so they can cross.
The new electronic sign at the Holy Island Causeway and cars waiting for the tide to clear so they can cross.
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Signs to warn drivers of rising tides on Holy Island are set to be in place before the summer season starts.

A series of measures was trialled on the island’s causeway at the end of March in a bid to combat the number of vehicles being rescued by the coastguard and lifeboat crews.

As part of this, variable message signs were installed for a two-week period warning drivers to check tide times.

The initiative was hailed a success and at Monday’s north area committee meeting Mike Scott, head of sustainable transport at Northumberland County Council, said plans with permanent signs are going well.

“Officers have pretty much completed the design of the variable message signs,” he said.

“We have a final meeting to be held and then we want to get them in for the summer period.

“I don’t think the signs can go on soon enough.”

Members of the committee echoed his comments.

A survey took place after the trial at Easter which found that the temporary signs were spotted by 87 out of the 89 interviewees and 81 of those said they were effective.

The signs will be put up on both the island and the mainland displaying messages and warning drivers about the rising tide.