Residents in Northumberland have rejected the idea of security bollards and barriers in favour of clearer signs and tide tables to prevent people getting stuck on Holy Island's causeway.

The Northumberland Gazette reported that following a meeting to discuss the problem of motorists becoming stranded on the causeway it was agreed that better signage was the way forward.

Barriers and bollards were very unpopular with residents as 150 people signed a petition against the installation.

Members supported the idea of better signs which will have a trial run at Easter 2012 costing between £12,000 and £16,000.

In Berwick a report suggested that installing barriers would cost £40,000 and would be "highly invasive, could create bad feeling, [and have an] adverse effect on tourism".

Last June an Australian couple had to be rescued after their car was left stranded in the causeway with the RNLI's Ian Clayton saying that "motorists seem oblivious about the dangers of driving their cars into the North Sea".

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