Hartlepool road to close for resurfacing under £250,000 scheme

Roadworks in Raby Road and Middleton Road are causing a dent in Hartlepool and District Hospice's profits.
Roadworks in Raby Road and Middleton Road are causing a dent in Hartlepool and District Hospice's profits.

A TOWN centre junction in Hartlepool is to be closed over the next two weekends for re-surfacing work to be carried out.

The Raby Road/Middleton Road junction will be completely closed from 8pm today until 6pm tomorrow and, again, during the same hours on Saturday, December 13, and Sunday, December 14.

Old Earth Primary School, Elland. Song For Christmas.

Old Earth Primary School, Elland. Song For Christmas.

Brendon Colarossi, principal projects engineer at Hartlepool Borough Council, said: “The work is being carried out between these times to try to minimise disruption.

“However, we would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience that they cause.”

Drivers are being asked to follow signed diversions.

The re-surfacing works are part on a £250,000 scheme to improve the junction by creating a right-turn lane for traffic turning into Raby Road from Middleton Road.

In October, hospice chiefs said ongoing roadworks could cost the charity £5,000 after takings at their flagship store plummeted due to the work.

The Hartlepool & District Hospice shop in Raby Road took a hit due to the erection of temporary traffic lights and the launch of a roadworks to improve traffic flow.

Work is being carried out to widen the junctions of Hartlepool’s Hart Lane, Raby Road and Middleton Road.

The first phase, which lasted from April until early August, saw the erection of four-way traffic lights which angered traders in the Raby Road area who said the work was turning away customers in their droves.

The second phase, which has caused the problems at the hospice, started at the end of September. Council chiefs asked people to show patience and co-operation.