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Last Updated: Sunday, 18 March 2007, 15:30 GMT
19.3m boost for roads and travel
Millions of pounds have been earmarked to improve roads and transport systems across Northumberland.

The county council has revealed its local transport plan for the coming year, which will invest 19.3m in a range of measures.

These include road resurfacing, better street lighting, bridges, public transport and facilities for cyclists and pedestrians.

In addition, school buses will be fitted with CCTV cameras.

Almost 8m will be used for major road maintenance and resurfacing in Alnwick, Berwick, Tynedale, Morpeth, Blyth and Wansbeck.

'Environmentally friendly'

Money will also be spent on bridge repairs, including 800,000 on improving parapets at Wylam Bridge, where three young people died a year ago.

Northumberland County Council is responsible for more than 5,000 kms (3,106 miles) of highway and almost 2,300 highway structures.

Councillor John Smith, executive member for highways, said: "This is a major investment and will bring a raft of improvements, not just for drivers but for those who travel on public transport, walk and cycle.

"It will also involve working with schools to look at developing safe and environmentally friendly travel plans."


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