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Company History

Northumbrian Roads was born in 1989, when founder John Lynch decided to start his own business from his home in Hexham, Northumberland.

He and his business partner George Barton, with whom he had worked previously, soon gained a reputation for being a friendly, reliable and professional outfit.Both men each introduced  their two sons to the business at an early age  ( under 18) and all of them, Sean and Chris Lynch,  Stephen and David Barton have been with the company ever since and remain involved in key positions today.In 1990, they were joined by Chris Dancer who brought further engineering experience to the board to enable the business to grow into a wider marketplace.

During the early 1990’s the company operated from a pair of portakabins situated on a plot of land in Low Prudhoe Industrial Estate. Today, the same site now hosts our registered business address which sites a purpose built office, workshop facility and lorry park.

Steady growth during the 1990’s saw Northumbrian Roads develop its fleet of plant and machinery with the workforce growing from the original 7 to 35 employees. Year 2000 saw the promotion of Chris Dancer to Managing Director, allowing John Lynch to take a step back and begin planning his retirement. However, sadly after a 15 month battle with illness John passed away in March 2005 sending shock waves through the company. This, together with the retirement of George Barton in March 2004 meant that the running of the company was to continue under the next generation of Lynchs and Bartons assisting Chris Dancer.

In more recent years, Northumbrian Roads growth has been progressive, with the addition of some more experienced managers, has helped the business broaden its capabilities into road planing, groundworks, own haulage, material production and recycled aggregates to become a more self sufficient outfit.

Today, as Northumbrian Roads enters its 27th year, the company maintains a very strong North East presence in the market place. It has grown to a circa. £11 million turnover business employing over 70 people. It very much retains a family feel with its independent status as many family ties run through the company alongside numerous long serving loyal employees.

Northumbrian Roads is still regarded as the friendly, reliable and professional company, just as it was back in 1989.

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Our Vision

Our Vision is…

“To continue to be the most progressive road
surfacing company in the North
of England.”

We will achieve this with:

  • Customer Focus
  • Partnering Approach
  • Committed Leadership
  • Commitment to our People
  • Teamwork and Innovation
  • Quality Control

All our staff will be proud to work for Northumbrian Roads Ltd.

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Our Values

Northumbrian Roads style of doing business is based upon our
values best described below:

  • Approachable
  • Flexible
  • Honest

We endeavour to live these values throughout our working lives. The behaviour of our
employees creates the overall impression of our company which in turn develops its reputation.

What do these values mean in practice?

  • Approachable: We are straight forward, open and friendly. We have a “can do” attitude and nothing is too much trouble.
  • Flexible: We have a positive outlook to change and deal with the unexpected without fuss. We understand the nature and the demands of our industry inside out. We also accommodate our clients needs and pay attention to their detail.
  • Honest: We are fair, reasonable and honest people. We prefer to deal with problems quickly by not allowing them to fester. You can trust us to be polite and respectful.

We expect all of these values to be reciprocated in our dealings with people.

This business philosophy has stayed with us throughout the company’s life and today is still proving to be a successful one as we continue to grow our customer base with longer term arrangements delivered by long serving, loyal people.


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Our People

We are proud of all of our people and look after them accordingly.

Our aim is that all of our staff enjoy their time working at Northumbrian Roads Ltd., we want them to remain loyal and committed to the company’s ambitions and ensure they are well informed, regularly trained, feel involved and are encouraged to make important contributions. Our managers are empowered and supported to take responsibility and  make key decisions with confidence. This helps the business run efficiently in a reactive world. We strive to improve and exceed expectations.

We are proud of our low turnover of staff and our strength is our people.

In recognition of this, Northumbrian Roads have been selected as one of only a select number of UK construction firms to work towards the new CITB Fairness, Inclusion and Respect Accreditation (known as Be Fair) which is piloted by Constructing Equality.

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