Detailed plans for changes to Darlington inner ring road revealed (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Detailed plans for changes to Darlington inner ring road revealed
6:00am Wednesday 30th October 2013 in News
DETAILS of a multi-million pound scheme to replace a congested town centre roundabout with a traffic light junction have been unveiled.
The Stonebridge roundabout, which lies in the centre of the inner ring road close to Darlington town centre, has long been a source of frustration for motorists, causing huge tailbacks at busy periods.
Traffic volumes are expected to increase due to the proposed cinema and hotel complex at Feethams car park and the new Department for Education building, both planned for next year.
Plans to replace the roundabout with a traffic light-controlled junction were announced earlier this year, but now a report detailing how the scheme would work have been prepared for members of Darlington Borough Council.
Among the proposals to amend the road layout are:
• Traffic will be banned from turning right from the inner ring road into Stonebridge; all traffic, except buses, will have to turn left out of the Stonebridge junction.
• A lane will be created on the ring road to allow traffic turning left into Parkgate to by-pass the signals.
• New filter lanes will be created from Stonebridge to allow traffic to turn left and from Freemans’s Place to allow traffic from Haughton to join the ring road more easily.
• The pedestrian crossing on St Cuthbert’s Way will be altered to create two traffic lanes to improve capacity to Northgate roundabout.
If the scheme is given the go-ahead by councillors, work is expected to begin early next year with a completion estimate of March 2015.
The £3.7m cost of the scheme is being funded by the Department for Transport as part of the Tees Valley Bus Improvement Project.
The report prepared for the council’s cabinet notes: “Stonebridge Roundabout is a point where a number of main traffic routes meet and compete for priority.
“The roundabout arrangement works well when traffic is balanced and traffic volumes are at a certain level. However, it is obvious that the roundabout is showing signs of failing to cope at busy times of the day and busy periods of the year.
“There are some proposals to the way the junction works that will mean drivers will have to change their route into and out of town. They are necessary to make the junction work as effectively as possible.”
Darlington Borough Council’s cabinet will meet on Tuesday, November 5, at 5pm at the town hall.