WORK to transform a controversial 'throughabout' into a conventional roundabout is set to begin today.

Initial work to scrap the throughabout, which links the Eastern Transport Corridor with Haughton Road, Darlington, will begin today and work is due to continue until Spring.

The main change to the junction is the removal of traffic lights to create a conventional roundabout, whilst pedestrian and cycle crossings on the throughabout will be realigned, with new signalised crossings planned on Barton Street and Haughton Road.

Darlington Borough Council said a traffic management plan will be put in place to minimise any disruption and will be be in close contact with nearby residents during the work .

Plans were announced in 2017 to remove the throughabout, which was initially part of a £12m scheme designed to ease congestion into Darlington town centre.

However, the throughabout received constant criticism from motorists since it first opened in 2008, with many saying it has increased journey times rather than reduce them.

Darlington Borough Council is delivering the scheme, which is being jointly funded by the council and Tees Valley Combined Authority through the National Productivity Investment Fund.

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Councillor Heather Scott, Leader of Darlington Borough Council, said: “I was pleased to be able to launch the work on the throughabout on Haughton Road.

“This was one of our manifesto pledges for the election in May and I think this is something that will be very well received. It was interesting and encouraging to see drivers tooting and waving, which shows that they think this is the right thing to do.

“We are aware that there is a little bit of work to do to ensure clear pedestrian access during these works. This is something the highways department are looking into and we should hopefully get some more clarity on that in the coming days.”

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