Alnwick arch to reopen as local businesses suffer

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The Bondgate Tower, in Alnwick, which is currently closed due to gas repairs along the B6346, will reopen in time for the first May bank holiday.

A spokeswoman for Northern Gas Networks said the tower would be reopened on Friday, May 1.

But the works themselves will not be finished for ‘another two weeks’ from today, but the arch will be open for traffic in time for the long weekend.

The announcement comes just days after Northern Gas Networks set up a three-way traffic light system on Bondgate Without.

Amina Begum, who owns Mivesi Indian Restaurant and English Cafė, in the Market Place, said the works were damaging her business so much ‘I don’t know how I will pay my staff this week’.

Amina said she had spoken to several other businesses in the town who were increasingly suffering as the works continue to halt traffic flow through from Bondgate Without.

Carlo Biagioni, Alnwick Chamber of Trade chairman, said that now the Easter holiday trade has gone, and life in town returns to normal, businesses would feel the affects of works.

Northern Gas Networks, which is carrying out the repairs, said the project is part of Networks’ ongoing development of infrastructure across the north of England and will involve installing new plastic pipes to ensure the continued safe and reliable supply of gas to customers in the area for years to come.

A spokeswoman added: “In order to carry out this work safely and efficiently, it has been necessary to close Alnwick arch access to Bondgate Within and install temporary three-way traffic lights.”

A public forum, organised by Northern Gas Networks, was held in the town last night for residents and businesses to voice their concerns.