Work to begin on £1.8m Croxdale roundabout on A167

The Honest Lawyer hotel, near where the new roundabout will be

The Honest Lawyer hotel, near where the new roundabout will be

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WORK on a new £1.8m roundabout which it is hoped will cut congestion and improve road safety on the busy A167 will begin next week (Tuesday, February 24).

While the bulk of the work at the junction of the A167 and B6300, near the Honest Lawyer Hotel, south of Durham City, will not get under way until the summer, trees and vegetation will be cleared from Tuesday.

That work is starting this early to avoid the bird nesting season.

The main phase of the project will begin in June and is due to be completed by early next year.

Durham County Council said the work had been scheduled in order to reduce disruption to motorists and because the drier weather should make the earth-moving operation more straightforward.

Motorists have complained about the junction for several years, with lorry drivers heading south from Meadowfield Industrial Estate in particular finding it difficult to turn right onto the A167 using the current T-junction.

Adrian White, the council’s head of transport, said: “We are aware that some motorists avoid the junction due to a difficulty in pulling out into the traffic, while others are tempted to perform a U-turn onto the busy A167, which has obvious safety implications.

“The junction improvement, which is due to be completed by January 2015, is the latest in a programme of works to improve the efficiency and safety of our road network targeted at areas which will assist the economic regeneration of the county.”

Councillor Neil Foster, the council’s cabinet member for economic regeneration, said: “We’re delighted that these works are now about to start and look forward to delivering a significant improvement to a junction which has caused difficulty for motorists for many years.

“The improved access to Meadowfield will no doubt assist existing businesses and help to convince others that this remains an attractive area for investment.”

A council spokesman said it would be making every effort to keep delays to a minimum during the scheme but some disruption should be expected due to the scale of the works.

In 2012, about 20,000 vehicles a day used the A167 at that point.

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4:31pm Fri 21 Feb 14

R Soulsby says...

Traffic lights would be a safer option, but then a roundabout will allow for another road to be added. This couldn't be the start of the new bypass, could it????
Traffic lights would be a safer option, but then a roundabout will allow for another road to be added. This couldn't be the start of the new bypass, could it???? R Soulsby
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5:48pm Fri 21 Feb 14

David Lacey says...

You are right. Lights would be better.
You are right. Lights would be better. David Lacey
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7:05pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Entitled to an opinion says...

I reckon I could do it cheaper than £1.8m
I reckon I could do it cheaper than £1.8m Entitled to an opinion
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8:18pm Fri 21 Feb 14

smokin says...

Croxdale doesn't need another roundabout . the large vehicles coming down from Meadowfield are still going to bully their way out IT JUST NEEDS TRAFFIC LIGHTS to give everyone an equal chance
all I can say is that there are going to be more accidents there than ever
Croxdale doesn't need another roundabout . the large vehicles coming down from Meadowfield are still going to bully their way out IT JUST NEEDS TRAFFIC LIGHTS to give everyone an equal chance all I can say is that there are going to be more accidents there than ever smokin
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9:39pm Fri 21 Feb 14

bishop1 says...

once it opens it won't take long until someone comes hammering down the dual carriageway & does a dukes of hazzard over the new roundabout .
once it opens it won't take long until someone comes hammering down the dual carriageway & does a dukes of hazzard over the new roundabout . bishop1
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11:48pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Cliveclive says...

not sure why you think lights would be better than a roundabout ! a roundabout would keep traffic moving more freely in off peak times ! The dual carriageway finishes long before the junction so if it was a roundabout or lights it would make no difference .
I use this junction on a regular basis and large heavy wagons will always struggle pulling away from accessing the A167 from Medowfield as its uphill .
not sure why you think lights would be better than a roundabout ! a roundabout would keep traffic moving more freely in off peak times ! The dual carriageway finishes long before the junction so if it was a roundabout or lights it would make no difference . I use this junction on a regular basis and large heavy wagons will always struggle pulling away from accessing the A167 from Medowfield as its uphill . Cliveclive
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2:19am Sat 22 Feb 14

jsrace says...

£1.8m? Why the hell do you want to spend £3.6m on a little roundabout? £5.8m is crazy money.
£1.8m? Why the hell do you want to spend £3.6m on a little roundabout? £5.8m is crazy money. jsrace
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5:50pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Phil101 says...

This seems a silly idea if safety is an issue. Like smokin and bishop1 I fear that a roundabout at the bottom of a hill is a severe hazard and when the traffic from both N and S are belting downhill on the approach it's a recipe for disaster. When DCC improved the difficult junction from Byers Green they put a left turn only junction in and sent traffic up to the Middlestone Moor roundabout to turn back towards Bishop Auckland. A similare scheme would work here too, perhaps with 'P' turnarounds that the Highways Agency placed on the A66, but sending traffic up to **** o'the North before turning back. A half-baked scheme will produce more traffic chaos and accidents than currently! ;-)
This seems a silly idea if safety is an issue. Like smokin and bishop1 I fear that a roundabout at the bottom of a hill is a severe hazard and when the traffic from both N and S are belting downhill on the approach it's a recipe for disaster. When DCC improved the difficult junction from Byers Green they put a left turn only junction in and sent traffic up to the Middlestone Moor roundabout to turn back towards Bishop Auckland. A similare scheme would work here too, perhaps with 'P' turnarounds that the Highways Agency placed on the A66, but sending traffic up to **** o'the North before turning back. A half-baked scheme will produce more traffic chaos and accidents than currently! ;-) Phil101
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5:51pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Phil101 says...

How daft is that? My comment's been censored! You'll have to call it the Cockerel o'th North now! Ha Ha.
How daft is that? My comment's been censored! You'll have to call it the Cockerel o'th North now! Ha Ha. Phil101
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11:04am Sun 23 Feb 14

sensible says...

you can bet that new speed limits will be part of the scheme! My money is on 50 all the way from Merryoaks heading South, and the 40 limit extended North from Croxdale.
A good plan would be a left fllter lane for Southbound traffic to allow unimpeded traffic flow (and the HGVs wont lose momentum for the hill), providing there was a sensible merge built in for joining traffic.
you can bet that new speed limits will be part of the scheme! My money is on 50 all the way from Merryoaks heading South, and the 40 limit extended North from Croxdale. A good plan would be a left fllter lane for Southbound traffic to allow unimpeded traffic flow (and the HGVs wont lose momentum for the hill), providing there was a sensible merge built in for joining traffic. sensible
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8:27am Mon 24 Feb 14

Cliveclive says...

A roundabout at the bottom of a hill!!!!! Bet there’s not one of them somewhere else it the county > I think they may put signs up and reduce the speed limits from both the north and south sides. It’s not like it just going to appear over night either .
As for just turnig right and have to go all the way up to the roundabout and back down it would make alot of drivers just go to the Duke lights or nevilles X lights
A roundabout at the bottom of a hill!!!!! Bet there’s not one of them somewhere else it the county > I think they may put signs up and reduce the speed limits from both the north and south sides. It’s not like it just going to appear over night either . As for just turnig right and have to go all the way up to the roundabout and back down it would make alot of drivers just go to the Duke lights or nevilles X lights Cliveclive
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11:31pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Exiled in London says...

If you look at the Council report,at
http://democracy.dur
ham.gov.uk/documents
/s25516/Item7A167Sun
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.pdf
Flood defence seems to be reason Lights are not being used. Whatever is done, it is well overdue on this dangerous junction. I use the junction a lot but will not turn right onto the A167 during daylight hours, rather travel up to Nevilles Cross or Lowes Barn Bank Junction.At least at night you can see the headlights of cars easier. I know of far too many serious accidents to be comfortable.
If you look at the Council report,at http://democracy.dur ham.gov.uk/documents /s25516/Item7A167Sun derlandBridgeAMENDED .pdf Flood defence seems to be reason Lights are not being used. Whatever is done, it is well overdue on this dangerous junction. I use the junction a lot but will not turn right onto the A167 during daylight hours, rather travel up to Nevilles Cross or Lowes Barn Bank Junction.At least at night you can see the headlights of cars easier. I know of far too many serious accidents to be comfortable. Exiled in London
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