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Traffic barriers wanted for Holy Island causeway

Traffic barriers wanted for Holy Island causeway
A local resident from Northumberland has highlighted the need for traffic barriers to be erected on the causeway to Holy Island to help avoid the consistent need for stranded motorists to be rescued.

Holy Island, which is also known as Lindisfarne, is an island off the north-east coast of England and is connected to Northumberland by a three-mile causeway.

This causeway allows the island to be accessed only at low tide two times a day. However, with no barriers, it is often tempting for motorists to risk crossing at other times in the hope they can make it to the other side.

Lynn Roxburgh, speaking to the Northumberland Gazette, expressed her grievance at the constant need for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) to constantly rescue stranded travellers.

Ms Roxburgh said: "We don’t expect road users to consult a timetable to see if a train is due at a rail crossing, why do we assume visitors will look at tide timetables to see when it is safe to cross?"

Holy Island is populated by just over 160 people, but is visited by around 650,000 individuals each year.

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Date: 13/05/2011 16:42:46

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