Work to begin on £2.5million road scheme in Durham

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Council chiefs are reminding people roadworks are beginning in Durham on Sunday - which they say will make journeys easier in future.

Durham County Council’s £2.5million SCOOT system will see traffic lights installed on the Gilesgate and Leazes Bowl roundabouts during 2016.

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The installation of the traffic lights will also see improvements to pedestrian and cycle facilities on both roundabouts. Although measures are being taken to minimise the impact on traffic, motorists should be aware that some disruption is inevitable while the work is carried out.

Work on Gilesgate will be carried out in seven phases to reduce the impact on motorists. For the first phase it will be necessary to close Gilesgate Bank in both directions between 7am and 7pm on Sunday, January 24

The outgoing lane, heading up the bank, will then be closed every Sunday from 31 January for up to seven weeks. This will allow the road at the bottom of the bank to be widened, the existing traffic island to be removed and for the lights to be installed.

From Monday, January 25, the inbound slow lane of the A690 will be closed every day between 9am and 3pm for one week. Following that phase, one outbound lane of the A690 will then be closed, which will last for six weeks while the work is carried out.

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