A67 repairs to start following successful bid

15.01.2014

Work to repair damage to the A67 between Piercebridge and High Coniscliffe caused by a landslip last February is due to start next month.

Since the land slip was identified, Darlington Borough Council and Northumbrian Water Limited have worked to investigate the problem, find a solution and successfully bid for £2.4 million of government money to fix the road.

Darlington Borough Council said: “The road is a vital link between Darlington and Teesdale and we want to restore and protect this important road, whilst also ensuring the water supply which it carries is not affected.

“Therefore, whilst it is good news that this major project is starting, we recognise that this will mean a significant period of disruption for residents, businesses, visitors and commuters and apologise for this in advance. “

The main works will take place in three phases:

Phase one will see the A67 road closed from 8th February 2014 for two weeks while Northumbrian Water Limited carry out tests in advance of the main works starting. The road will then re—open with traffic lights.

Phase two will see the road closed again in May 2014. This will enable Northumbrian Water Limited to divert pipes out of the unstable section of road. This will take approximately four months, involving a diversion of around 1km of new pipeline and some major works within the road.

Phase three – The road will remain closed so the Council can stabilise the 387m of unstable embankment and road.

Unfortunately, the road will remain closed through phases two and three from May 2014 to April 2015.

Diversion Route
While the road is closed, the diversion route will be the B6275, B6279 Staindrop Road, B6280 Carmel Rd North and A67 Coniscliffe Road and vice versa. The extent of the works will mean Durham Lane will not be open and use of this road will only for residents to gain access to their properties from Ulnaby Lane.

Public Transport
During the road closure the Arriva bus service no.s 75/76/76A will run an hourly service diverted via Staindrop Road. As during the last closure a temporary taxi bus will run from High Coniscliffe to the Town Centre for the part of the bus route cut off by the temporary road closure.

Updates
The community can keep up-to-date on progress at: www.darlington.gov.uk/carlbury or by following @DarlingtonBC or www.facebook.com/DarlingtonBorough Council

Before the main works begin in May 2014 a series of information events will be held in February with affected local communities, residents and business where views and concerns can be discussed. More updates will be provided on the run-up to the main works and throughout the project on a regular basis.

Contact:
For media enquiries contact Darlington Borough Council’s Communications Unit on (01325) 406058 or at
communications@darlington.gov.uk

Or Alistair Baker, Communications & PR Manager at Northumbrian Water on 0191-3016851 or 07711793493

Background:
In February 2013 an initial landslip was identified on the A67 single carriageway road. After ground investigation works the road was re-opened with traffic lights, reduced speed limit and the re-distribution of water supply, underpinned by regular monitoring of the embankment.

The headline facts from the application are below:-

• Darlington is the Gateway to the Tees Valley and Barnard Castle is the Gateway to Teesdale, with the A67 as main transport route between these sub-regions. The proposed scheme fully restores the A67 and thus the transport connectivity.

• The benefits of the scheme would be realised immediately since it will remove the current constriction on the local strategic road network and provide increased certainty to local businesses, residents and all road-users.

• The economic case shows likely benefits of £4.554M in the first year after completion. With a total scheme cost of £3,917,617 (DfT contribution £2.445M, Local and third party match of 37%) and an expected life span of 60 years the proposed scheme demonstrates excellent value for money.

• The scheme will sustain economic growth by protecting existing businesses, maintaining access to jobs and education.

• The scheme will also remove the potential for severance of communities from services; providing a direct route for emergency vehicles (A&E hospital) and ensure that local people can access services such as schools, leisure, tourism, employment etc.

• The scheme proposed encapsulates the strategic direction set out in ‘DfT - Transport an Engine for Growth” – “We need Good Transport – to make our economy stronger and our lives easier” – the present scenario of a failing transport infrastructure is contrary to this direction of travel.

The benefits include:

• Fully restoring access on the main route linking Darlington to Barnard Castle and Teesdale to make the economy stronger and lives easier.

• Benefits to resilience of NWL water supply.

• Reducing travel time for more than 8,600 vehicles per day. Improved journey reliability.

• Benefits to the local economy as the A67 is an important route for commuters and businesses.

• Social benefits, in particular for people accessing health and education services.

• Increased resilience of the highway network, providing an alternative east –west route to the A66.

• Ensuring that the Highways Agency has a strategic diversion route in line with our Network Management duty;

• Safeguarding existing jobs and introducing certainty to encourage growth.

• Protecting local businesses, in particular those along the A67 itself.

• Support Tourism links and destinations.

• Support the Rural Economy.

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