Major city centre street to undergo £1.8m revamp during two year project

North Road in Durham, which is popular for shoppers and people enjoying a night out.
North Road in Durham, which is popular for shoppers and people enjoying a night out.
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A project will pave the way for a new look as work begins to make a city street a better place to visit.

Improvements to North Road in Durham are due to start next month after a consultation with businesses on the high street.

The street is home to the city centre's bus station.

The street is home to the city centre's bus station.

As part of Durham County Council’s £1.84 million investment over the next two years to upgrade the roads and footpaths across the city, the North Road works will improve the

look of the area as well as making it easier and safer to use for pedestrians.

A section of North Road, which is home to the city centre's bus station and several pubs and also popular with shoppers, will also be realigned with the junction at Milburngate and the taxi rank and loading bay will be repositioned.

The work is expected to take approximately 21 weeks to complete with further details being released in the near future.

The timing of the works has been decided by the businesses on the street themselves after a request from the Durham Business Improvement District (BID).

This year major works are taking place on the main route through the city, to install the SCOOT traffic light system and upgrade Gilesgate and Leazes Bowl roundabouts to make

journeys easier.

In light of this, Durham BID approached the council to ask that businesses be consulted on whether they would prefer that the improvements started shortly after the

major works were completed or wait until next year.

After 72% of respondents asked for the work to start as soon as possible, the scheme is now set to get underway in early October.

Adam Deathe, business engagement manager for Durham BID, said: “We’re obviously delighted that the council works hard to improve Durham City with a range of plans to support business, tourism and encourage more people to visit.
"But with the recent road works we felt it was important that the council made sure the businesses affected had the choice of when it should take place.

"We’re very pleased at both the consultation taking place and that the businesses agreed that the city needs a more attractive and accessible North Road sooner rather than later.”

Councillor Neil Foster, cabinet member for economic regeneration and culture, said: “North Road will now be the first phase of our plans to improve paths and roads across the city, making them easier to access and hopefully making Durham City even more beautiful.

"It’s impossible to carry out major works without causing some disruption so it’s great to know that the businesses in the area support the plan and are keen for the improvements to be

carried out as soon as possible.”