Drivers warned of week-long closure of A697 in Northumberland due to roadworks

The A697 in Northumberland is to close for roadworks later this month.

Wednesday, 7th October 2020, 2:32 pm

The resurfacing works, which follow improvements to the road drainage system, will be taking place at Longframlington.

During the week beginning October 12 teams will be removing the existing road surface under a convoy system.

The works will take place between 5pm and 10pm from Monday, October 12 until Friday, October 16.

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Council leader Glen Sanderson by the A697.

There will also be two-way traffic lights in the village between Tuesday, October 13 and Saturday, October 17 between 7.30am and 4pm.

The following week resurfacing works will be carried out under a road closure.

The works will take place between 8:30am and 5pm from Monday, October 19 until Saturday, October 24.

Northumberland County Council leader Glen Sanderson said: “We have already made improvements to the road drainage system through Longframlington earlier this year to address some longstanding surface water issues at this location.

“We’re now returning to do the resurfacing work which has been timed to try and minimise the impact on residents, local businesses and the travelling public.

"These works are all part of our ongoing road improvement programme but I understand they will cause some disruption for drivers and local residents while our teams are there.

"I’d like to thank everyone in advance for their understanding and patience while we carry out this final phase of much needed work in Longframlington and ask people drive carefully on the diversion routes.”

A total of 44 miles (71km) of road has been resurfaced in Northumberland this summer as part of a £36m investment in improvements to the county’s 3,000 miles of highway and pavements.

When the road is closed there will be two diversion routes:

For HGVs southbound: come off the A697 at Cornhill and travel east along the A698 to Berwick. At the A1 junction, turn right and travel south on the A1 to Morpeth. Vice versa for northbound traffic.

For local light traffic heading south: come off the A697 at Moor House crossroads and travel west on the B6341 to Rothbury. At Rothbury turn left and travel along the B6344 to Weldon Bridge.

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