Link road to open next week

First published in Darlington The Northern Echo: Photograph of the Author by

A MULTI-MILLION pound road project which has been years in the planning is due to open next week.

The Darlington Eastern Transport Corridor will open to motorists on Tuesday after more than a year of work.

Council officials said the road will open on Tuesday but some landscaping and other minor work will continue, with the site office remaining open.The 1.8 mile road will link the A66 at a new roundabout to Haughton Road, in Darlington, near its junction with Hundens Lane.

The single-carriageway runs beside the course of the old Stockton and Darlington Railway bed.

There is a new throughabout, also known as a Hamburger style roundabout, which will link the road to Haughton Road.

A traffic-light controlled junction has been built at the roads junction with McMullen Road.

A spur road has been added to link with the Lingfield Point business park, and a nature reserve built opposite this junction.

Plans for the project were originally approved in 2002, but did not receive funding until 2006.

The scheme was initially expected to cost 12.5m, with the Government providing 12m of the costs. The additional funding came from Darlington Borough Council.

The cost of the road has since increased to 14.4m. A report cited planning errors and contract negotiations were the reason the costs had risen.

Work started in spring 2007. Although it was expected to be finished in May of this year, setbacks at the start of the project forced the opening date back.

Council officers hope the new road will reduce traffic on Haughton Road and through the village of Haughton. As a result they have launched a bid to improve road safety along Haughton Road.

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9:01am Mon 25 Aug 08

harry2 says...

well i guess now is the time to see if this road works to ease conjestion.
well i guess now is the time to see if this road works to ease conjestion. harry2
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7:45am Tue 26 Aug 08

darlolady says...

I don't think it will but I guess we have to give it time. The money would of been better speant doing a junction north bound onto A1 from football stadium end of town.
I don't think it will but I guess we have to give it time. The money would of been better speant doing a junction north bound onto A1 from football stadium end of town. darlolady
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8:58am Tue 26 Aug 08

HASM says...

darlolady wrote:
I don't think it will but I guess we have to give it time. The money would of been better speant doing a junction north bound onto A1 from football stadium end of town.
Exactly, together with a weight limit banning HGV's from travelling from the A66 to North Road to ensure that all traffic from Teesside circumnavigates Darlington using the A66 bypass which also needs interchanges instead of roundabouts.
[quote][bold]darlolady[/bold] wrote: I don't think it will but I guess we have to give it time. The money would of been better speant doing a junction north bound onto A1 from football stadium end of town.[/quote]Exactly, together with a weight limit banning HGV's from travelling from the A66 to North Road to ensure that all traffic from Teesside circumnavigates Darlington using the A66 bypass which also needs interchanges instead of roundabouts. HASM
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12:49pm Tue 26 Aug 08

Sardonicus says...

£14.4m for a road 1.8 miles long! I hope the same contractors are not being used for the new Olymic facilities. Get your cheque book out Boris.
£14.4m for a road 1.8 miles long! I hope the same contractors are not being used for the new Olymic facilities. Get your cheque book out Boris. Sardonicus
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2:22pm Tue 26 Aug 08

miketually says...

is it open yet? it wasn't at 8:15 this morning.
is it open yet? it wasn't at 8:15 this morning. miketually
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3:58pm Tue 26 Aug 08

felix says...

miketually wrote:
is it open yet? it wasn't at 8:15 this morning.
NEXT week!!!
not today!

id love to see how this road works, cos i just looks a mess!
[quote][bold]miketually[/bold] wrote: is it open yet? it wasn't at 8:15 this morning.[/quote]NEXT week!!! not today! id love to see how this road works, cos i just looks a mess! felix
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7:14am Wed 27 Aug 08

jimmy jimmy says...

great place for bus stop,just before new traffic lights,on bend,opposite bp filling station,what goon dreams these up!!
great place for bus stop,just before new traffic lights,on bend,opposite bp filling station,what goon dreams these up!! jimmy jimmy
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12:29pm Wed 27 Aug 08

miketually says...

felix wrote:
miketually wrote:is it open yet? it wasn't at 8:15 this morning.NEXT week!!!not today!id love to see how this road works, cos i just looks a mess!
The article was written last week...
[quote][bold]felix[/bold] wrote: miketually wrote:is it open yet? it wasn't at 8:15 this morning.NEXT week!!!not today!id love to see how this road works, cos i just looks a mess![/quote]The article was written last week... miketually
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2:24pm Thu 28 Aug 08

miketually says...

It opened yesterday (Wed 27th). Mixed reports so far.
It opened yesterday (Wed 27th). Mixed reports so far. miketually
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7:27am Fri 29 Aug 08

mak says...

Well I checked it out on wednesday and was not impressed.
The 'throughabout' as its called, is just so confusing its gonna be an accident blackspot and a source of problems.
As for the traffic light system it's causing as much of a tailback at peak times as the temporary lights caused when the **** thing was under construction.
Why on earth havn't they just made the roundabout a normal one, i.e give all the traffic a chance to merge at will at every access point thereby allowing constant movement?
This is just another **** up by some traffic planner that hasn't really got a clue about the movement and flow of vehicles.

Well I checked it out on wednesday and was not impressed. The 'throughabout' as its called, is just so confusing its gonna be an accident blackspot and a source of problems. As for the traffic light system it's causing as much of a tailback at peak times as the temporary lights caused when the **** thing was under construction. Why on earth havn't they just made the roundabout a normal one, i.e give all the traffic a chance to merge at will at every access point thereby allowing constant movement? This is just another **** up by some traffic planner that hasn't really got a clue about the movement and flow of vehicles. mak
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9:56am Fri 29 Aug 08

miketually says...

If you can't understand the throughabout, you probably shouldn't be driving.

If you're doing Haughton Road (town end) to ETC (or vice-versa) use the straight-on lane and go through the middle, for everything else, use the left lane. If you're joining it from the other bit of Haughton Road or Barton Street, it's just a roundabout.

The ETC itself and Haughton road have been very quiet whenever I've been down there. There's a queue from town to get to the throughabout itself, but I bet overall journey times are down and residential streets are certainly quieter and safer.
If you can't understand the throughabout, you probably shouldn't be driving. If you're doing Haughton Road (town end) to ETC (or vice-versa) use the straight-on lane and go through the middle, for everything else, use the left lane. If you're joining it from the other bit of Haughton Road or Barton Street, it's just a roundabout. The ETC itself and Haughton road have been very quiet whenever I've been down there. There's a queue from town to get to the throughabout itself, but I bet overall journey times are down and residential streets are certainly quieter and safer. miketually
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8:22pm Sun 31 Aug 08

mak says...

Miketualy, 'dickprobably'
Everytime someone points out something the council does you stick up for it crap or not!!
You say 'If you can't understand it you should'nt be driving'
Did I say I didn't understand?
I said, if you paid attention, it will become an accident blackspot you freakin moron.
As for the rest of the town transport system, I hope you're bike busts and you have to wait in the bloody queue from the town centre going up haughton road at peak time with a meeting to get to, council lik-****!!!!!!!
Miketualy, 'dickprobably' Everytime someone points out something the council does you stick up for it crap or not!! You say 'If you can't understand it you should'nt be driving' Did I say I didn't understand? I said, if you paid attention, it will become an accident blackspot you freakin moron. As for the rest of the town transport system, I hope you're bike busts and you have to wait in the bloody queue from the town centre going up haughton road at peak time with a meeting to get to, council lik-****!!!!!!! mak
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4:00pm Mon 1 Sep 08

miketually says...

Why so stressed mak?
Why so stressed mak? miketually
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