Time to build an­other bridge

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MANY mo­torists are against the pro­posed per­ma­nent clo­sure of Sal­ters Bridge in South Gos­forth, which has been closed since July to fa­cil­i­tate the move­ment of the nearby Metro bridge.

Sal­ters Bridge is par­tic­u­larly pop­u­lar and pro­vides a su­perb link be­tween Hol­ly­wood Av­enue in South Gos­forth and along Sal­ters Lane to­wards Long­ben­ton. Killing­worth Road is also closed un­til next Spring, and the cur­rent con­tin­u­ous stream of traf­fic along Sandy Lane and into Gos­forth is hor­ren­dous.

What is the an­swer to the prob­lem? In my opin­ion the coun­cil should build an­other bridge along­side the old one. It need not cost the earth, but must be con­structed so that two-way traf­fic can safely cross.

Our fore­bears would turn in their graves if they knew there was such wran­gling over their lit­tle old bridge. It was used in the 1800s to al­low pack horses pulling salt pans from the coast, to cross the Ouse­burn and jour­ney on up to Sal­ters Road in Gos­forth.

In­evitably, con­ser­va­tion­ists are op­posed to its re-open­ing, and wish the tran­quil leafy lane, and Grade 1-listed Bridge, to re­main closed. How­ever, with­out a suit­able al­ter­na­tive for mo­torists, this will be a big mis­take.

CHRIS ROBIN­SON, Gos­forth

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