Major roadworks set to be completed in Durham

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Major roadworks which have disrupted drivers in Durham for months are set to come to an end.

The traffic lights on Leazes Bowl roundabout will be switched on from Monday, marking the completion of major works on a scheme to improve journey times on the main route through the city.

Next week will also see the final overnight closures on Gilesgate roundabout - following major works to that roundabout earlier in the year - to finish the improvements, with a new anti-skid surface being laid.

Durham County Council is currently installing the £2.5million SCOOT system which has seen traffic lights placed on Leazes Bowl and Gilesgate roundabouts.

As well as improvements to the roundabouts, pedestrian and cycling facilities have also been upgraded as part of the installation of the system which will result in easier journeys in the future.

Following completion of the major works, motorists are being made aware that the new traffic lights on Leazes Bowl roundabout will be switched on after Monday's morning rush hour.

Coun Neil Foster, cabinet member for economic regeneration and culture, said: “We’re sure that residents and motorists will be as delighted as we are that major works on the roundabouts are now complete.

“Carrying out work on the main route through the city was always going to cause disruption, but we’ve worked hard to minimise it as much as possible.

"We continue to be incredibly grateful to the public for their patience while these improvements are put in place.”

“With the major works completed, we hope we can now look forward to easier journeys through the city going forward.”

To complete the Gilesgate roundabout improvements, there will be closures and diversions in place between 8pm and 6am from Monday, as a new anti-skid surface is installed on the roundabout and the approach to it.

The work will be carried out in two stages and – as it is weather-dependant – will take up to two nights for each stage, but is expected to be completed by Thursday.

The first stage, starting Monday, will see the A181 closed northbound towards Gilesgate, as well as one lane of the roundabout.

Signed diversions will be in place via the A690, Belmont Interchange, Broomside Lane and Sunderland Road.

The second stage will begin later in the week and will see the A690 closed eastbound overnight from the roundabout towards Belmont and a lane closure on the roundabout.

A signed diversion will be in place via the A181 Sunderland Road, Broomside Lane, Belmont Interchange.

People can see full details at www.durham.gov.uk/Gilesgate, which includes further information about the overnight closures and cameras people can check before setting off.

Motorists are also advised to keep up to date with the latest on social media using #LeazesBowl and #Gilesgate.

The new lights on Leazes Bowl and Gilesgate roundabouts will be coordinated with those on Milburngate roundabout, to better manage the flow of vehicles through the city.