Situated on the River Wansbeck, Northumberland’s county town, Morpeth, is a 30-minute drive away from Newcastle along the A1, which also connects it with Edinburgh. Replete with restaurants serving a variety of cuisines, schools with commendable Ofsted ratings, many churches, leisure and sports centres, the town is also home to several landmarks of historical interest. Property prices in this town for different types of home style choices, such as Victorian villas, stone terraced structures, historic town houses, and modern detached, average at £217,117 in December, 2015. As well as bus services, there are direct trains to London that take 3 hours, and hourly trains to Newcastle from the Morpeth railway station.
Morpeth Job Opportunities
Reportedly, the state is the largest employer in this town, accounting for nearly 60 percent of jobs in Morpeth. Piramal Pharma Solutions offering pharmaceutical development and manufacturing solutions also has an office in this town. The Contract Development and Manufacturing Organisation (CMDO) speeds up the process of launching drugs in the market. The Morpeth site of this firm is approved by the MHRA. A great deal of the jobs in Morpeth available throughout the year are healthcare jobs. Many of these are NHS jobs, but the nearby private hospital also generates jobs. There are quite a few banks that prove to be a rich source of banking jobs and finance insurance jobs in Morpeth, and several estate agents and computer repair firms round off the list of interesting jobs Morpeth has to offer.
Morpeth Employment Trends
The £30m Morpeth Northern Bypass scheme, approved in January 2016, is bound to increase job opportunities in the area. The bypass from Whorral Bank to the A1 trunk road between Fairmoor and Lancaster Park is expected to ease congestion and improve navigability, providing an alternate route around the town. The project is also expected to provide a sustainable boost to the local economy. However, recent plans to decentralise Northumberland County Council’s services is likely to shift 30 services, roughly 300 to 400 jobs from Morpeth to nine markets towns across Northumberland, turning it into a commuter town with affordable housing supported by better paying jobs in nearby towns.