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UPDATE NO 5 - October 2018

Thank you for the great turn out last Friday to the Public Meeting with Highways England, and thank you for all the reasonable comments made in a constructive manner. I feel we gave them a lot to think about but only time will tell if they are prepared to make any changes. We do know that they have arranged to meet with Northumberland County Council  so perhaps there will be some progress on the proposals for the West Lane.

 In the meantime we still need to put pressure on for a public enquiry, just in case Highways England still want to go ahead. We need each and every one of you to write in.

If you wrote to either Highways England or the Department of Transport before September 28th that will not count.

We need you to write to the Department of Transport before 9th November at

Secretary of State for Transport

National Transport Casework Team

Tyneside House

Skinnerburn Road

Newcastle Business Park

Newcastle upon Tyne


Or email to

Your letter should be headed      “The A69 Trunk Road (Styford) Order 20..”

and should describe your objections with reasons.

And then what happens?

You should then receive an acknowledgement from the DfT stating they will pass on your objection to Highways England.

Highways England may then reply to you describing how they will mitigate your objection and asking if they have done enough to cause you to withdraw your objection. You can answer yes or no.

At the end of the consultation period if there are enough objections still outstanding the DfT will decide if a public enquiry is to be called and we will be able to have our say again. The Parish Council is preparing for this in terms of legal support but you as individuals will have your say.

 BUT to achieve the public enquiry we do need YOU to write in and to encourage others to do so as well. The close off date is 9th November to get your objection in but please do it sooner rather than later.

Peter Stoddart

(Parish Council Chairman)

Latest News - Newcastle Chronicle Live August 2018

What you need to know about £30m plans to improve A69 between Newcastle and Carlisle

The journey could be about to get a lot smoother for drivers on the A69.

According to plans revealed by Highways England, motorists will be able to skip two roundabouts on the busy route between Newcastle and Carlisle.

The changes should speed up travel times after creating 18 miles of uninterrupted dual carriageway.

At the Bridge End junction for Hexham the upgraded road will run under the turn off.

While at Styford - next to Brockbushes farm shop and tearoom - the dual carriageway will fly over the roundabout for the A68 and Corbridge.

The £30m improvement is set to be ready by early 2020.

Highways England project manager Russell Mclean said: “The A69 is an important route between Newcastle and Carlisle which often sees delays at these two junctions.

“This £30m investment will mean drivers will be able to drive the 18 miles between Hexham and Newcastle without stopping at any junctions, improving journeys for drivers and reducing congestion.”

Government funding for the upgrade was confirmed in March 2017.

The money comes from a dedicated £220m pot Highways England schemes aimed at reducing congestion.

Drivers will see work to clear away greenery and move utility cables start later this year.

The main construction is due to begin in March 2019 and is expected to be finished by March 2020.

Both junctions will be built at the same time, incorporating new bridges as well as upgrading the existing roundabouts.

Material removed from the Bridge End underpass can be used on the Styford overbridge.

Two public drop-in events will be held next month for local communities to find out more about the plans.

These will be at Newton and Bywell Community Hall in Newton from 9am to 7pm on August 14 and at Acomb Village Hall in Acomb between 9am and 7pm on August 15.

Please contact Peter Stoddart