DURHAM University is to improve cycle and footpaths as part of an £8 million project.

The work will be focused around South Road, between Stockton Road, near the Bill Bryson Library, and Mount Oswald, where the university is developing new college and student facilities.

The university consulted on its proposals in last spring 2018 and obtained planning permission in summer.

Works will begin on site in late November and be completed by April 2021.

The works have been scheduled to fit around the busiest times of year, including exam periods and city events.

David Loudon, director of estates and facilities at Durham University, said: “The safety of our staff, students, visitors and members of the public is of utmost importance to us, so we are pleased to be starting work on our infrastructure improvements project, which will bring major benefits for our staff and students and local residents alike.

“We hope this project will help more people choose sustainable travel; and are proud that will bring improvements for biodiversity and nature conservation, helping keep the city we share such a beautiful place to live, work, study and visit.”

The new car park, with 215 spaces, will mitigate the removal of parking spaces elsewhere on the university site. It will be within the university’s site at Upper Mountjoy. This location was chosen to support efforts to reduce congestion and air pollution closer to the city centre.