Northumberland County Council has today confirmed that there will not be a taxi service from Acomb Drive as previously envisaged.  Shuttle buses will run from Charlie's Corner only to Ovingham Bridge End.

During the road closure, shuttle buses will run between Charlie's Corner and Ovingham Bridge End.  There will be taxis between Acomb Drive and the Horsley-Heddon Road.  These will be timed to fit in with the current timetable, but will get passengers to the alternative stop 5 minutes before the bus.

The County Council is allowing the Playgroup to re-open from 3 April.  The ceiling, which is thought to be stronger in that area, is to be inspected weekly by NCC.

All vehicles are to be diverted via the A695 east- and west-bound.  Horsley Road, Ovingham will remain open.  NCC will not allow any road closure until satisfied that all alternative arrangements are in place for diversions, and school and public transport.

During the closure, school pupils who normally have a pick-up point at Acomb Drive or Wylam Hills Farm are being asked to walk to the nearest pick-up point at Charlie's Corner.  This will enable the service to run at its normal time of 08.30 at Charlie's Corner with a return at 15.40, without the need for a diversion or earlier pick-up times.

An update on arrangements for public transport services will follow when available.