A ten-day closure will be in place on a County Durham A-road to prepare for a major project on the stretch of road this summer. 

Preparation works will be taking place alongside the A690, near Durham City, ahead of an essential landslip repair scheme later in 2024.

The works are taking place on the verge of the A690’s north-eastbound carriageway, northeast of Gilesgate roundabout, at the boundary with the Northern Powergrid training centre.

They will run throughout February and some overnight single-lane closures will be put in place on the eastbound carriageway.

These closures will be in effect from 7pm to 6am from Monday, February 12 to Friday, February 16 and from Monday, February 19 to Friday, February 23.

The repair scheme itself, which involves stabilising the bank alongside the road, is due to get underway in the summer.

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Anthea Smith, Durham County Council’s highways services manager, said: “The A690 is one of the main routes into and out of Durham City and the history of ground movement at this location means these essential works are necessary to protect the road’s future.

“We have planned the preparatory works in a way that will keep disruption to a minimum, restricting closures to a single lane, so traffic can still pass, and scheduled these to take place overnight.

“We are currently working on the details of the repair scheme and associated traffic management and will provide this information once everything has been confirmed.”