David Woodard

Local Council champion and Liberal Democrat campaigner in central Northumberland Learn more

Archive for the ‘Infrastructure’ Category

The A1 Morpeth to Felton scheme will upgrade 8 miles of the A1 to a dual carriageway. This, in combination with the A1 Alnwick to Ellingham scheme has been designed to create a continuous, high quality dual carriageway from Newcastle to Ellingham. Starting at Warreners House (Northgate, Morpeth) and travelling in a northerly direction, the […]

Read more    Leave a comment

County Council announce speed limit changes in Ulgham

by David Woodard on 12 February, 2018

Following a consultation on speed limits held late last year Northumberland County Council are proposing to introduce the following speed limit changes in 2018. 1. The speed limit on the B1337 through Ulgham village will remain unchanged at 30mph but will be extended further to just beyond the bridge over the river Lyne north of […]

Read more    Leave a comment

In 2014, when Alan Beith was the MP for the Berwick upon Tweed constituency, the coalition government announced that sections the A1 in Northumberland were to be upgraded to dual carriageway. Now, later than was expected, Highways England has announced the preferred route from Morpeth to Felton. The Green route option has been chosen. This […]

Read more    Leave a comment

Several 50mph maximum speed signs have been erected along the road between Bothal and Shadfen Farm Mews on the A195. The road is narrow and steep in places. It has sharp bends and is best avoided in the winter because it is not gritted. The road is increasing being used by motorists, including van drivers, […]

Read more    Leave a comment

Dualling the A1 from Morpeth to Felton

by David Woodard on 20 May, 2016

The Highways Agency held an exhibition at Morpeth Town Hall three days ago. This was the start of a process which will lead to work commencing in 2020 on the construction of dual carriageways on the A1 north of Morpeth. Another public consultation and exhibition is planned for later this year. Then, in the summer […]

Read more    Leave a comment

Rail Improvements in the North of England?

by David Woodard on 26 June, 2015

Many people, especially in Northumberland, think the North of England stops beyond ‘Godzone’ at the border with Scotland but Tory ministers seem to think otherwise. The £38.5million Rail Improvement Plan announced well before the election and heralded in the Conservative election manifesto went as far north as the Trans-Pennine route between Leeds and Manchester. Now […]

Read more    Leave a comment

Labour’s ill thought out plans for a new County HQ

by David Woodard on 14 April, 2015

Over a year ago Northumberland County Council’s Labour administration announced a plan to build a new HQ in Ashington town centre at a cost of £20million and move staff out of the current County Hall building in Morpeth. It was said this would help to regenerate Ashington town centre. More than a decade ago Castle […]

Read more    Leave a comment

A timetable for dualling the A1 north of Morpeth

by David Woodard on 22 March, 2015

Thanks to Sir Alan Beith MP’s long standing campaign the coalition Government has now committed to dual large sections of the A1 through Northumberland and making significant improvements on the rest of the road. This comes after decades of resistance from previous Conservative and Labour Governments. Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has said […]

Read more    Leave a comment

When I was the county councillor for Pegswood, with evening meetings to attend in Alnwick and Berwick, I became especially aware of the danger involved in accessing the A1 between Morpeth and Alnwick. Like many motorists I often chose to take alternative routes via Felton or via Amble and Warkworth to avoid crossing two lines […]

Read more    Leave a comment

The Morpeth Northern Bypass and its examination

by David Woodard on 13 July, 2014

A public examination opened on 15 January 2014 and closes next week on Tuesday 15 July. It is clear from the proceedings, which have included two public hearings held in Morpeth Town Hall that there is an issue to be resolved; a major issue for local people but small in relation to the whole design. […]

Read more    Leave a comment