Restrictions increased for bridge work

EXTRA restrictions have been put in place to help the flow of traffic as work continues to strengthen Rothbury bridge.

A temporary bridge is currently in place for traffic to cross the River Coquet and a one-way system is in force around the centre of Rothbury on the north side. They are expected to be there until summer 2012.

Extensive consultation was undertaken before the work began with councillors, residents, businesses, emergency services and Rothbury Community Hospital.

The traffic system is working well but some extra restrictions have had to be implemented after incidents of illegal parking caused severe difficulties when abnormal loads have passed through the area.

There are now more double yellow lines to limit parking so that exceptionally wide loads in the form of large caravans can be transported to and from sites in the area.

Northumberland County Council is working with the caravan park owners and hauliers to ensure that loads that need to travel across the bridge and use the one-way system are planned in advance.

The council has also made amendments to the one-way system up Haw Hill and Church Street which should prevent vehicles travelling in the wrong direction along Bridge Street.

Council officers are working closely with Northumbria Police to ensure drivers comply with the arrangements.