Junction closed for revamp

DRIVERS are being reminded that the junction of Elwick Road and Catcote Road in Hartlepool will be closed to traffic for six weeks.

The closure, which started yesterday, will enable the junction to be widened as part of the Tees Valley Bus Improvements Scheme and will also include the installation of pedestrian crossing islands at the junction, plus some landscaping.

Catcote Road will remain open for two-way traffic but access from Catcote Road to Elwick Road will be via a diversion along Park Road and Queensberry Avenue.

Normal pedestrian and resident access will be maintained.

The £100,000 project is being funded with Government money via the Tees Valley Bus Network Improvement Fund and Hartlepool Council’s Local Transport Plan.

Brendon Colarossi, senior projects officer for Hartlepool Council’s highways section, said: “These important improvements are part of a wider ongoing programme to improve the bus network across the town and also to improve access for pedestrians.

“We are doing our very best to minimise disruption to drivers while the work is being carried out but we apologise for any inconvenience which it may cause.”