Ruth Mitchell

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Major highways work to start at DurhamGate

Diggers are moving in to start work on highways improvements that will form a major part of County Durham’s flagship regeneration project.

The developers of DURHAMGATE and Durham County Council are working together to carry out the upgrades, which are due to start on February 14, 2011.

The work on and around the A167/A688 roundabout at Thinford will help to ease traffic congestion, as well as create a new spoke into the £100 million DurhamGate development.

A funding package of £8.5 million, agreed between DurhamGate, Durham County Council, One North East and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) in the Spring of 2010, paved the way for the work.

Construction and engineering firm Balfour Beatty has been appointed as the contractor for the highways work.

Cllr Neil Foster, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development for Durham County Council said: “DurhamGate is a significant development project and the highways work will not only play a major part in the regeneration of this area, but it will also help to alleviate problems by taking some traffic off the main roundabout and increasing capacity.”

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Ruth Mitchell .

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