ROADWORKS on a busy commuter route and main road into town will be set up next week as part of a phased project to resurface the area.

The Highways Department will carry out major works on Stockton Road and Haughton Green, in Haughton-le-Skerne, Darlington, with each road being closed to all through traffic for up to a month.

The first phase of the roadworks will begin on Monday, August 13, with Stockton Road and Haughton Green being prepared for the resurfacing.

Temporary three-way traffic lights will be in operation from that date, allowing access only to Winchester Way from the A1105 Whinfield Road roundabout.

During that time, Haughton Green will be shut to through traffic, but will remain accessible for residents, including those accessing Rose Lane and Mill Lane.

Delays can be expected and commuters are advised to divert via the A1150, Salters Lane South or North Road.

Several bus stops will also be shut along Stockton Road and Haughton Green, however no temporary stops will be set up during the roadworks and public transport users advised to use their nearest existing stop instead.

The second phase of the works will begin on Monday, August 20, and is expected to last for up to two weeks.

During that time, more resurfacing will be carried out with road markings also added along the route.

Haughton Green will offer residents’ access only, with Stockton Road taking on access for Rose Lane and Mill Lane. Residents in Rymers Court, Kennel Lane and St Andrew’s Close will be directed by a traffic management operative.

In a posting to Facebook, Darlington Borough Councillors serving the Haughton ward, said: “To keep our roads running freely, major roads have to be resurfaced.

“Inevitably, this causes disruption, but the council schedules the work during the summer holidays to try and minimise the impact on residents, businesses and bus services.

“Access to properties and businesses will be severely restricted and at times not possible at all. If you live on either Haughton Green or Stockton Road and you need access to your vehicle, the council asks that after 8am, these should be parked outside the work area.

“Residents who live in Mill Lane, Rose Lane, Kennel Lane, St Andrew’s Close and Rymers Court will be receiving a letter setting out the arrangements for access to their streets.”

Work currently being carried out by Northern Gas Networks on a section of McMullen Road is due to end on Monday, August 13.