Work to convert the ‘throughabout’ junction on Haughton Road to a conventional roundabout will begin later this year, Darlington Borough Council has revealed.
The throughabout was built more than ten years ago as part of the Darlington Eastern Transport Corridor scheme, which has reduced vehicle numbers travelling through Haughton village from more than 5.6 million vehicles in 2007 to £3.4 million in 2017.
As part of the council’s responsibility for managing the road network and planning for the future, regular reviews are undertaken.
This has identified a number of ‘pinch points’ starting to materialise, including the throughabout.
The main change to the junction is the removal of traffic lights to create a conventional roundabout.
Pedestrian and cycle crossings on the throughabout will be realigned, with new signalised crossings planned on Barton Street and Haughton Road.
Councillor Heather Scott, Leader of Darlington Borough Council, said: “We have listened to concerns about the throughabout, which have been raised by motorists and pedestrians.
“Changing this junction into a conventional roundabout will improve traffic flow and remove the potential for driver confusion.”
She continued: “This scheme, which supports our ambitions to keep Darlington’s economy growing, is being jointly funded by the council, Tees Valley Combined Authority investment fund and the Department for Transport’s National Productivity Investment Fund.
“The money has already funded the changes to McMullen Road roundabout on Yarm Road and is funding the ongoing construction of a new access road to Ingenium Parc.
“These changes will also support growth at Central Park, Lingfield Point, Symmetry Park and other parts of the town.”
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “For too long, this junction has been a pain for plenty of drivers.
“Thanks to Heather Scott and her team, I’m pleased that this work will start later this year with help from our investment fund.
“I’m dedicated to upgrading our road system across every borough to make travel smoother, quicker and better than ever.
“We recently committed more than £7m of funding to road improvements near Morton Mark and Darlington Retail Park, which are now starting to take shape.”
Work at Haughton Road is due to start in September and is expected to last seven months. A traffic management plan will be put in place to minimise disruption during the works.
Further information about the work can be found on the Darlington Borough Council website.
Source: Darlington Borough Council