Councillors back £230k scheme to ease congestion in Hartlepool

Hartlepool Civic Centre.
Hartlepool Civic Centre.

COUNCILLORS have given unanimous backing to a £230,000 scheme designed to ease congestion at a busy town junction.

The scheme will help improve the flow of traffic through the Raby Road and Middleton Road crossroads in Hartlepool, which is currently controlled by traffic lights.

Hartlepool Borough Council’s neighbourhood services committee met yesterday to discuss and approve the proposals.

The main feature of the work will see the introduction of a designated filter lane for traffic turning right from Middleton Road onto Raby Road.

Councillor Peter Jackson, chairman of the neighbourhood services committee, said: “This investment will substantially improve traffic flow at the junction and at the same time it will complement other schemes which we are implementing around the town using Tees Valley Bus network scheme funding.

“A local residents’ group did express some concerns about whether the length of the right turn filter lane would be adequate. We are confident that it will, but we would nevertheless reassure them that we will continue ofmonitor that.”

A report by Alastair Smith, assistant director of regeneration, said: “At present, traffic travelling straight ahead or wishing to turn left towards the town centre can be held up by right turning traffic, and the improvement scheme would relieve this congestion.”

The proposed work is part of the five year Tees Valley Bus Network Improvement scheme of major infrastructure improvements along key bus routes.

Similar improvement works have taken place at Catcote Road/Oxford Road, York Road, Powlett Road and Burn Valley roundabout, and money saved on those works will be put towards funding the Raby Road scheme.