WORK has started to replace chicanes on a main route through a village in a scaled-down rethink over efforts to slow traffic.
The initial designs for Murton issued last year suggested 24 sets of road humps should be installed along the B1285 at a cost of £120,000.
Now Durham County Council chiefs have begun work to replace the chicanes on Church Lane and Station Road with three speed tables.
Two of the humps, which will stretch to each side of the road, will go in at spots close to where the existing chicanes have stood, with the other to go outside St Joseph’s Primary School.
The council started work at the beginning of last month, with the last phase still to be completed.
Brian Buckley, strategic highways manager at the council, said: “Following consultation we are modifying existing traffic-calming measures on Church Lane and Station Road, in Murton.
“We will be removing the existing pinch points and installing new central islands at each end of the road, to reinforce the start of the 30mph speed limit, and three speed tables will be located along the length of the road to slow traffic down.
“A speed-activated sign to remind drivers of the 30mph limit will also be installed as part of the work.
“The work will be carried out on Sundays and the duration will be subject to the weather conditions.”
The central islands will have lit bollards attached to them, but will not be crossing points for pedestrians.
The work will be paid for out of the budgets of councillors Alice Naylor and Alan Napier, although the exact cost has not been revealed by the council.
Coun Naylor, a governor of St Joseph’s, said: “Everybody was unhappy with the big plan.
“Now we will have just three humps and everyone seems to be ok with it. When I’ve tried to cross the road outside the school, it’s been lethal.
“I just hope people respect this and when they’re going up and down that road.
“We’ve had no complaints from the people who live near the chicanes about these plans.”
The initial proposals to remove the chicanes and put in the 24 sets of humps sparked the launch of a Facebook page which campaigned against the plans, with more than 180 people signing up to the page.
The installation of the chicanes had prompted complaints to the council from people living nearby because of the noise created by the vehicles either waiting or accelerating as they negotiated the points.