£3.1m Chester-le-Street project to beat road congestion open for talks

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INFORMATION sessions will be held about a multimillion-pound project to reduce congestion and delays on a busy section of road.

Three events in Chester-le-Street will give residents the chance to ask questions about the £3.1million project to ease congestion on the A167.

Funded by Durham County Council and the Government’s Local Pinch Point Fund, the scheme will widen the junction of Park Road and Junction 63 of the A1(M) Blind Lane Interchange.

Staff from the council’s strategic traffic management team will be at the sessions at Chester-le-Street’s Civic Centre to answer questions and listen to residents’ views.

The sessions will be on July 18, from 1pm to 7pm, the following day from 10am to 6pm, and July 20 from 10am until 2pm. Head of transport, Adrian White, said: “It’s essential that residents are kept fully informed and that their views are heard.

“This will help us to ensure that any disruption caused by the improvements is kept to a minimum.”

Diversion works will start early next year, with construction beginning in March.