TECHNOLOGY aimed at stopping motorists getting caught out on a Northumberland causeway is to be installed on a permanent basis.
Northumberland County Council yesterday announced that two variable message signs are to take up permanent residence at the crossing at Holy Island.
Emergency services have been called to the causeway countless times over the years when drivers have tried to cross outside safe times and got stuck in the rising tide.
The signs will give information on safe crossing times and advise motorists to check displayed tide tables in a bid to reduce numbers getting caught out.
A trial of the variable signs was carried out over two weeks at Easter with feedback showing that the vast majority of visitors noticed them and felt they were effective in providing information. The signs will be installed this summer.
One will be situated on the approach to the causeway adjacent to a layby where the tide tables are displayed, with the second being placed near the car park on the island to catch the attention of people parking there and within the village.
The signs will be solar-powered but will have battery back-up.
The displayed tide tables have been redesigned to make them more user-
friendly and easier to follow.
These now look the same as improved tidetables available on the internet.
A quick response barcode has also been developed and is provided at various locations around the island and on the approach to the causeway so that visitors can access the tide table information quickly.
The barcode can be scanned using a smartphone and takes the user straight to the relevant webpage.
Some of the older road and warning signs on the island are to be removed to improve the overall environment and avoid clutter.
People can view the tide timetables and find out more online at: holyisland.northumberland.gov.uk