STREET works are set to start in Durham City next month.
The scheme in the Market Place, which is in response to public feedback, will see improvement work in Dun Cow Lane and Elvet Bridge, as well as the installation of permanent traffic lights in Saddler Street.
The project is designed to make the area a safer place for pedestrians and to further deter motorists from using the area.
It will include removing all othe temporary tarmac repairs on Elvet Bridge and replacing them with the traditional York stone slabs.
The entrance to Elvet Bridge from Saddler Street will be improved and the surface relaid with new granite blocks using reclaimed conservation materials.
Alongside the installation of the permanent traffic lights “tactile” paving and extra bollards will be put in place to help better define the pedestrian route in the busy area where traffic will queue outside Boots.
The improvements start on September 2 and will take about 12 weeks to complete.
The council’s in-house technical services team will carry out the work.
To minimise disruption and speed up the programme of works, Saddler Street will be closed to vehicles between 6pm and 6am from Sunday to Thursday for two weeks.
The street will be open as usual throughout the day. Pedestrian access will be maintained both day and night.