A CAMPAIGNING mum is thrilled with a council's decision to implement road safety measures on a dangerous road following a petition launched last year.

Hexham resident Tara Wright is pleased with the announcement that Northumberland County Council will be putting in place saftety measures on Allendale Road.

Tara has petitioned for change since 2021 and has gained support from councillors and residents.

The work is to be done in two phrases for civils and resurfacing, while also incorporating a local safety scheme.

Phase 1 will start on February,18 until February 26, followed by Phase 2 on April,1 until April 16 for Civils & Resurfacing.

The road closure will not be in place from Good Friday until after Easter Monday and there will be access maintained for residents, businesses, pedestrians and cyclists.

There will be route buses escorted through works at all times.

Delighted with her petition result, Tara said: "I’m over the moon.

"I do wish something had have been done at the top end of Allendale road but I don't know if there another phase.

"This is huge progress and what they are doing is going to make the kids so much safer on this road.

"A lot of people said it couldn’t be done as it has been attempted for 20-plus years and we proved them wrong. 

"I am so pleased.

"It looks like there will be speed reduction islands put in place to slow the traffic down."

A spokesperson for the NCC said: "Following the redevelopment of Queen Elizabeth High School, officers have made a number of visits to the site after being made aware of road safety concerns at Allendale Road.

"They have suggested several measures which have been discussed in detail with local councillors. 

"The proposals include the raising of the existing pedestrian crossing near Whetstone Bridge Road junction and the installation of a raised junction at Hextol Terrace, which will encourage reduced vehicle speeds and reassure pedestrians using the crossing.

"We also hope to see dropped curbs created at the existing bus parking area to help accessibility.

"These measures are currently programmed for early in the new year and will be carried out depending on weather conditions."