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New footbridge works to start as part of major road improvement scheme in Murton

May 2, 2024 | Local News

Work to construct a new pedestrian and cyclist footbridge across the A19 will get under way this month.

The footbridge is part of a £13.5 million scheme to improve the A19 / A182 junction, paving the way for the expansion of the nearby Jade Business Park near Murton.

The Durham County Council scheme will increase capacity at the junction and at Dalton Park signals. These works will not only enhance the journeys of all road users in the area but will allow for the creation of a further 500,000 sq ft of commercial space and up to 2,000 jobs at the business park.

In addition to this, the footbridge will provide pedestrians and cyclists with a safe route across the A19, which currently severs National Cycle Route 1.

Cllr Elizabeth Scott, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for economy and partnerships, said: “It’s fantastic to see this scheme progressing, with work to deliver a major element of the project due to start in just a few weeks.

“The introduction of a footbridge at this location will help to encourage sustainable forms of travel, both in terms of long-distance leisure rides along National Cycle Route 1 and by providing environmentally friendly and affordable ways for local residents to commute to Jade Business Park.

“Together with the wider scheme, these works will enable a key employment site in our county to grow in a sustainable way and deliver more jobs and opportunities.”

Preparatory works for the footbridge are planned to get underway on Saturday 18 May, with the following closures in place:

  • The A19 will be closed in both directions overnight beneath the A182 overbridge from 8pm on Saturday 18 May to 6am the following morning, and from 8pm on Sunday 19 May to 6am the following morning.
  • The A182 overbridge will be closed from 8pm on Saturday 18 May to 6am the following morning, and from 8pm on Sunday 19 May to 6am the following morning.

Further closures are planned for June to allow the new footbridge to be installed, namely:

  • The A182 overbridge will be closed from 8pm on Friday 7 June to 6am on Monday 10 June.
  • The A19 will close in both directions beneath the A182 overbridge from 8pm on Saturday 8 June to 6am on Monday 10 June.

Due to the nature of the works, contingency plans are being developed in case of adverse weather conditions.

Sign posted diversions will be in place throughout the closures, with full details available at www.durham.gov.uk/A19/A182.

As well as the construction of the footbridge, the scheme will see the two existing roundabouts at either side of the A182 removed and replaced with traffic light controlled junctions, while the roads will be widened to accommodate more lanes. Improvements will also be made to the B1285 junction next to Dalton Park Outlet Shopping Destination.

The scheme is scheduled for completion in spring 2025.

For more information, visit: www.durham.gov.uk/A19/A182