Durham City SCOOT works to start this Sunday
Residents are being reminded that important works on the main route through Durham City will start on Sunday which will result in easier journeys in the future.
The £2.5m SCOOT system will see traffic lights installed on the Gilesgate and Leazes Bowl roundabouts during 2016. The installation of the traffic lights will also see improvements to pedestrian and cycle facilities on both roundabouts. Although measures are being taken to minimise the impact on traffic, motorists should be aware that some disruption is inevitable while the work is carried out.
Keep up to date with how the current phase of works might affect you, check the traffic cameras before you set off and get tips to avoid delays on Durham City traffic improvement scheme page and by following #Gilesgate on social media.
The work at Gilesgate roundabout will last until May 2016, overlapping with the improvements to Leazes Bowl roundabout to minimise disruption. The project is expected to be finished by autumn 2016 and information about the Leazes Bowl work will be publicised closer to the starting date.
Once installed, the new traffic lights will be coordinated with those already in place on the Milburngate roundabout to better manage the flow of vehicles through the city. This will mean much more predictable travel through Durham City at peak times making journeys easier for motorists and helping bus operators to plan services.
It will also enable the council to more effectively deal with the impacts of incidents and planned events on the road network. The council hopes to start using the SCOOT system in 2017.
Adrian White, head of transport and contract services, said: “While we’ve taken all measures to minimise disruption, as we are working on the main route through the city residents should be aware that there may be delays. Once installed, however, the SCOOT system promises to improve journeys for everyone and we’d like to thank the public for their patience while these important improvements are put in place.”