HIGHWAYS England is preparing to restart work to improve the roundabout into Hexham.

Despite concerns from Northumberland County Council about possible diversion routes while work is carried out and a petition started by Hexham West councillor Derek Kennedy attracting 1,500 signatures to halt all work to the Bridge End roundabout on the A69, the transport agency is looking to recommence work.

A spokeswoman said: “We are finalising details for our work at Bridge End and are continuing to work closely with Northumberland County Council.”