Sustrans and Northumberland develop bridge link for cyclists over River Blyth

Facility replaces planned ferry link as part of £5m green travel investment

by Simon_MacMichael   February 8, 2010  

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Cyclists and walkers in the North East are to benefit from a new bridge over the River Blyth being built as part of a £5 million investment in an active travel project.

The bridge, to be built close to Humford Mill and linking Blyth and Cambois, will be part financed by money from Sustrans under the Big Lottery initiative, replaces earlier plans for a ferry link a few miles along the river, dropped because the local council could not afford the ongoing costs of such a facility.

Northumberland County Council and Sustrans have been working on revised plans for sustainable transport initiatives in the area, which will see £5 million invested in a drive to promote healthier lifestyles and reduce car dependency.

That money will be provided by Sustrans, which is making £3.58 million available, comprising £1.35 million from the Big Lottery Fund and £2.25 million from its Link To Schools programme, nearly £1 million from the local transport plan and £390,000 from the South East Northumberland Growth Point Initiative.

Besides the bridge, other infrastructure in the pipeline includes a new shared cycle and pedestrian route linking Blyth’s South Beach with the town centre and nearby Bedlington, and a similar path from Cramlington to Blyth.

Northumberland County Council Highways and Policy Strategy Manager Dick Fraser told local newspaper The Journal that the new bridge would help walkers and cyclists avoid a busy main road and provide a link to Bedlington with sustainable transport facilities in Cramlington.

The newspaper added that a Sustrans spokeswoman had told it that the bridge would prove an even more valuable facility than the originally planned ferry.
 

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As a local i feel i must point out the mistakes in this article, if only to satisfy my own ego.

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The bridge, to be built close to Humford Mill and linking Blyth and Cambois, will be part financed by money from Sustrans under the Big Lottery initiative, replaces earlier plans for a ferry link, dropped because the local council could not afford the ongoing costs of such a facility.

The ferry and the Bridge are seperate Sustrans Connect2 projects, the dropping of the Ferry has no inpact on the bridge which incidentally is a good 5 miles from where the ferry would have been. The Bridge is part of a project to link Cramlington and Bedlington, two towns which are currently only connected by two narrow/fast roads with no footpath.

So can we change this articles heading to...

Sustrans and Northumberland develop bridge link for cyclists in Bedlington and Cramlington.

or...

Sustrans and Northumberland develop bridge link for cyclists over the River Blyth

or...

Sustrans and Northumberland develop bridge link allowing cyclists to avoid Blyth as its horrible and no-one wants to go there (insert irrational hatred of neighbouring town here)

Rich
Cramlington-ite Big Grin

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posted by STATO [400 posts]
8th February 2010 - 15:47

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Thanks STATO, heading changed and have made it clear the bridge is not where the ferry would have been.

Always good to have a bit of local knowledge Smile

I suppose for anyone who would have used the ferry link to get across the river, having to go a few miles up one side to the bridge then back the opposite direction on the other side will certainly benefit from the project goal of improving fitness Wink

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [7473 posts]
8th February 2010 - 15:56

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Still think you should have used my 3rd suggestion Wink

I dont think anyone from Blyth would be cycling to this new bridge, afterall there are 3 other bridges between it and the ferry location Nerd . One of these bridges currently caters for Sustrans Route1 (Coast-n-Castles) but im hopefull they will re-direct it via this new route once its complete, as Route1 currently takes you on the most conveluted and industrial route possible through Blyth and Cambois.

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posted by STATO [400 posts]
8th February 2010 - 16:07

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