THE level crossing in Prudhoe has today (Monday) flooded after rainfall.

It comes after a budget and plan to solve flooding issues on the road in Low Prudhoe next to the railway station has been agreed.

Northumberland County Council has confirmed it has had to secure wayleave agreements to enable a new highway drainage system to be installed on private land adjacent to the adopted highway.

The council expect all of the documentation to be completed and to undertake the implementation of the drainage scheme, as well as resurfacing of the road, this autumn.

The news comes after campaigners had called for improvements to be put in place.

MP Guy Opperman said: “I am delighted that NCC has confirmed their plan to tackle a problem that has been causing problems for people and businesses in Prudhoe.

"It is brilliant that the council has listened to residents’ concerns. The drainage system and resurfacing of the road will make a difference to local people.”

Prudhoe town councillor Chris Barrett added: “I am delighted that NCC has come up with a detailed plan and budget to solve this major engineering issue.

“This has been a problem impacting upon so many people and their businesses for years.

"The road is one of the main routes into the town, the work will be disruptive in the short term but hugely beneficial when completed, allowing Prudhoe to continue to flourish.”

Northumberland County Council has been contacted for comment.