Councillors raise concerns about new North Road junction in Darlington

COUNCILLORS are to ask the highways officers to re-examine parts of a major new junction in Darlington after concerns were raised by motorists.

The bus priority scheme for North Road, in Darlington, opened in September after months of work to remodel the junction, with the aim of improving traffic flow on one of the town’s busiest routes.

After monitoring the new junction for several weeks, the ward members for North Road - Fred Lawton, Alan Macnab and Anne-Marie Curry - said that although they are happy with the junction in many respects, there are a few niggles that they want to see ironed out.

A spokeswoman for Darlington Borough Council said new scheme appeared to be working well, but that it had been expected that small issues would arise once it became operational.

Councillors Macnab, Curry and Lawton have been collecting comments about the new junction, which involves Whessoe Road and Albert Road, to see where changes could be made.

The main cause for concern appears to be the new position of the bus stop outside Morrisons supermarket, which is now closer to the junction and can cause traffic to back up.

Coun Lawton said: “Residents have told us that the new scheme is a good idea, but the implementation is not great in places. When things change, people don’t always accept the change.

“Some of the things people bring up are things they will just have to get used to.”

Coun Macnab added: “The siting of the bus stop outside Morrisons is the real issue we think. We’ve all seen up to three buses waiting to drop people off but the barriers mean that only one bus can unload at once and it’s causing a real problem with the traffic.

“We are feeling positive about working with highways to iron out a few niggles, most of which we think can be solved easily.”

A council spokeswoman said: “The scheme has been fully operational for a number of weeks and early signs are that it is working well in terms of improved traffic flow.

“However, there may be issues that become more obvious once it is operational.

“We are happy to meet with the councillors once they have gathered more information and we look forward to working towards a satisfactory outcome for all concerned.”

Anyone who would like to add to the councillors’ list of comments can email fred.lawton@darlington.gov.uk or contact the council’s highways team on 01325-388799 or e-mail customerservices@darlington.gov.uk

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2:49pm Fri 30 Nov 12

Madadrian says...

Needs a right turn filter light for Albert Road.
Could do with the same at Eastmount road and something done about the parking on eastmount road approaching Haughton road, Someone will be killed there eventually
Needs a right turn filter light for Albert Road. Could do with the same at Eastmount road and something done about the parking on eastmount road approaching Haughton road, Someone will be killed there eventually Madadrian
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3:52pm Fri 30 Nov 12

swissball says...

and while they are looking at North Road can they look at making that abortion on Haughton Road into a roundabout and get rid of the traffic lights?
and while they are looking at North Road can they look at making that abortion on Haughton Road into a roundabout and get rid of the traffic lights? swissball
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3:57pm Fri 30 Nov 12

miketually says...

swissball wrote:
and while they are looking at North Road can they look at making that abortion on Haughton Road into a roundabout and get rid of the traffic lights?
But then how will pedestrians and cyclists cross safely?
[quote][p][bold]swissball[/bold] wrote: and while they are looking at North Road can they look at making that abortion on Haughton Road into a roundabout and get rid of the traffic lights?[/p][/quote]But then how will pedestrians and cyclists cross safely? miketually
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4:19pm Fri 30 Nov 12

Homshaw1 says...

miketually wrote:
swissball wrote:
and while they are looking at North Road can they look at making that abortion on Haughton Road into a roundabout and get rid of the traffic lights?
But then how will pedestrians and cyclists cross safely?
Why do the traffic lights near the college force you to stop if you are going up Haughton Road when there is no traffic waiting to come out of the college? It's poor for such an expensive scheme

Neither do the queues seem any shorter at peak times which isn't good considering the money that must have been spent

I quite like the North Road setup in my car. It's a nightmare on your bike Someone will get hurt
[quote][p][bold]miketually[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]swissball[/bold] wrote: and while they are looking at North Road can they look at making that abortion on Haughton Road into a roundabout and get rid of the traffic lights?[/p][/quote]But then how will pedestrians and cyclists cross safely?[/p][/quote]Why do the traffic lights near the college force you to stop if you are going up Haughton Road when there is no traffic waiting to come out of the college? It's poor for such an expensive scheme Neither do the queues seem any shorter at peak times which isn't good considering the money that must have been spent I quite like the North Road setup in my car. It's a nightmare on your bike Someone will get hurt Homshaw1
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4:41pm Fri 30 Nov 12

swissball says...

miketually wrote:
swissball wrote:
and while they are looking at North Road can they look at making that abortion on Haughton Road into a roundabout and get rid of the traffic lights?
But then how will pedestrians and cyclists cross safely?
how do you navigate roundabouts now? like the one at Blands Corner or the one at the junction of Haughton Road/Whinfield Road etc, etc, etc.

I could come and hold your hand if you would like ffs
[quote][p][bold]miketually[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]swissball[/bold] wrote: and while they are looking at North Road can they look at making that abortion on Haughton Road into a roundabout and get rid of the traffic lights?[/p][/quote]But then how will pedestrians and cyclists cross safely?[/p][/quote]how do you navigate roundabouts now? like the one at Blands Corner or the one at the junction of Haughton Road/Whinfield Road etc, etc, etc. I could come and hold your hand if you would like ffs swissball
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11:58pm Fri 30 Nov 12

thinkwhy says...

as you drive towards the town center from the a1 and come to alburt hill est turn off its very tight for hgv.s, it should be a slip road made easy for large vehicle, thats the left turn in, the money its cost it should of been thought about and why is it takeing longer to get any where??????????????
as you drive towards the town center from the a1 and come to alburt hill est turn off its very tight for hgv.s, it should be a slip road made easy for large vehicle, thats the left turn in, the money its cost it should of been thought about and why is it takeing longer to get any where?????????????? thinkwhy
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11:43pm Sat 1 Dec 12

Spy Boy says...

It's a shambles ! The 200 metre bus lane that starts and ends on the narrowest part of North Road. Whose idea was that ? Forcing southbound traffic to the centre lane facing oncoming traffic heading north on a very narrow lane is going to cause a major RTA before long. After people are maimed or killed, shall we take the designer to court for poor judgement ?

Going south you need to keep changing lanes, which is not good. The southbound lane at the railway bridge is also too consticted. You are driving into a stone wall until the last second when you make a sharp right and left turn. This is not a Formula 1 chicane, it's supposed to be a major carriageway. I have now had six close calls along that short stretch of road. I would guess that other people have too. Some idiots even park in the northbound lane to go to the chippy and chemist despite all the double yellows and kerb markings. Unbelieveable. If I, or my family ever get injured in an accident due to this botched up road layout, the council member responsible will find himself / herself in court.

I have also noticed that it is now harder for emergency vehicles to traverse this short stretch of road. This is a real problem. Fix it !
It's a shambles ! The 200 metre bus lane that starts and ends on the narrowest part of North Road. Whose idea was that ? Forcing southbound traffic to the centre lane facing oncoming traffic heading north on a very narrow lane is going to cause a major RTA before long. After people are maimed or killed, shall we take the designer to court for poor judgement ? Going south you need to keep changing lanes, which is not good. The southbound lane at the railway bridge is also too consticted. You are driving into a stone wall until the last second when you make a sharp right and left turn. This is not a Formula 1 chicane, it's supposed to be a major carriageway. I have now had six close calls along that short stretch of road. I would guess that other people have too. Some idiots even park in the northbound lane to go to the chippy and chemist despite all the double yellows and kerb markings. Unbelieveable. If I, or my family ever get injured in an accident due to this botched up road layout, the council member responsible will find himself / herself in court. I have also noticed that it is now harder for emergency vehicles to traverse this short stretch of road. This is a real problem. Fix it ! Spy Boy
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5:46am Mon 3 Dec 12

BMD says...

miketually wrote:
swissball wrote: and while they are looking at North Road can they look at making that abortion on Haughton Road into a roundabout and get rid of the traffic lights?
But then how will pedestrians and cyclists cross safely?
Quote Article: "A spokeswoman for Darlington Borough Council said new scheme appeared to be working well, but that it had been expected that small issues would arise once it became operational."

Where is the planning to prevent the issues?
[quote][p][bold]miketually[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]swissball[/bold] wrote: and while they are looking at North Road can they look at making that abortion on Haughton Road into a roundabout and get rid of the traffic lights?[/p][/quote]But then how will pedestrians and cyclists cross safely?[/p][/quote]Quote Article: "A spokeswoman for Darlington Borough Council said new scheme appeared to be working well, but that it had been expected that small issues would arise once it became operational." Where is the planning to prevent the issues? BMD
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