A67 repairs on track

01 May 2014

Work to repair damage to the A67 between Piercebridge and High Coniscliffe caused by a landslip in February 2013 is progressing to schedule.

Phase one, which saw Northumbrian Water carry out tests in advance of the main works starting, is now complete. Phases two and three, which will see the road closed from 2nd June, will begin shortly.

Since the land slip was identified, Darlington Borough Council and Northumbrian Water 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 it.

“We recognise that phases two and three will mean a significant period of disruption for residents, businesses, visitors and commuters and we are doing all we can to keep this to a minimum.

“We’ve held a series of information events with the communities that will be affected by the road closure and where possible have adapted plans to accommodate their views.”

The two remaining phases of works are:

Phase two will see the road closed from 2 June 2014. This will enable Northumbrian Water 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 allowing the Council to stabilise the 387m of unstable embankment and road.

The road will remain closed through phases two and three from 2nd June 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. The condition of the diversion route will be regularly monitored and any issues fixed promptly.

Public Transport
During the road closure the Arriva bus service 75/76/76A will operate a half hourly service from Darlington to Barnard Castle, via Staindrop Road, Monday to Saturday. The service 75 will operate once per hour via Staindrop and Ingleton and the service 76 will operate once per hour on its normal route via Winston, Gainford and Piercebridge. Sunday and evening services are also following the diversion route but otherwise covering their normal route in County Durham.

A revised timetable leaflet for the service 75/76 will be available from the Dolphin Centre, Crown Street Library and online.

As during the last closure a temporary taxi bus (service 67) will operate from High Coniscliffe to Darlington Town Centre for the part of the bus route cut off by the temporary road closure. In response to comments from the public, this service will be improved with additional journeys in the afternoon and evening, and will operate 7 days a week.

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.

Contact
For more information on the project please get in touch:-
DBC Traffic Manager – Ken Major – 01325 406710
DBC Project Manager - Jonathan Gall – 01325 406634

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 for funding 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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