The council has met farmers angry at another local road closure caused by railway construction transport, just as the lambing season begins.
Henry Gibson, chairman of Tynewater Community Council believes 100,000 tons of earth was moved on country roads between the A68 and A7 over a period of nine months. Now the B6367 will be closed for the next 12 weeks as more repair work is carried out.
He said: “Basically it’s part of the repairs made necessary by a really extensive use of the roads to build the railway.
“The latest bit they are proposing is repairing another load of broken edges going towards Tynehead. It’s an essential road for farmers during lambing season in March.
“The diversion gives an additional journey of 11 miles. Imagine farming in the middle of the lambing season having to do that three times a day.”
A council spokesman said: “It was agreed that work will be carried out from February 16 to March 13 with the road closed between 9am and 3.30pm. We will open it outwith these times to allow the road to operate under traffic lights. We will then vacate the site until the beginning of May to carry on the works until the end of June with the same arrangement. In addition, we have provided contact details of the roads supervisor to allow for any necessary access through the works by prior arrangement e.g. special deliveries to farms.”
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