Work to reconstruct and resurface parts of Darlington has begun, with the council setting out the length of time each section will be closed. 

Over the weekend, diggers and closure signs were seen on Priestgate and Prebend Row, which sparked suggestions that reconstruction work was going to start. 

The Northern Echo: A digger moves tarmac on Priestgate and Prebend RowA digger moves tarmac on Priestgate and Prebend Row (Image: NORTHERN ECHO)

Now, Darlington Borough Council has confirmed how long each bit of Darlington will be closed for and set out a programme for the scheme of works. 

The Northern Echo: Mounds of earth and tarmac on Priestgate/Prebend RowMounds of earth and tarmac on Priestgate/Prebend Row (Image: NORTHERN ECHO)

Resurfacing work on Priestgate started on Saturday (October 28)and will finish on Monday (November 6), while work on Prebend Row began on Monday (October 30) and will be completed on Friday (November 3).

The Northern Echo: Construction happening on Priestgate/Prebend RowConstruction happening on Priestgate/Prebend Row (Image: NORTHERN ECHO)

At the moment, both roads are closed and diversion signs for cars and buses have been put in place.

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During this work, the borough council has set out that the bus stops on Prebend Row and Tubwell Row will not be in use, the disabled parking bays and taxi stand on Priestgate will be suspended, and from Saturday, October 28 until noon on Friday, November 3, Crown Street will be one-way, accessed via East Street.

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It was also noted that The Mercure Hotel car park and Cornmill Shopping Centre service yard C will be unavailable, the disabled bay on Crown Street, outside William Stead, will become a temporary 24-hour loading bay to allow pub and other business deliveries, and he one way at the top of Tubwell Row will be temporarily removed to allow delivery vehicles to use the space between East Row and Prebend Row for loading and unloading.

Meanwhile, resurface work has also been carried out on the A66 Stockton to Darlington.

Following the cancellation of the work because of Storm Babet, council workers completed the work over the weekend, which saw the sections of the A66 from Long Newton to the Yarm junction will in a contraflow.