MOTORISTS are being warned to be on their guard after a series of changes to junctions and traffic signals.
Hartlepool Borough Council is proposing to improve the flow of traffic through Hartlepool town centre and reduce delays with the changes.
The changes, due to be introduced next week, involve the junctions at York Road and Park Road, York Road and Victoria Road and the A689 and Huckelhoven Way.
The proposals include:
• York Road/Park Road junction: For traffic travelling west along Park Road, re-allocating the left hand lane for vehicles turning left into York Road and the right hand lane for vehicles travelling straight on.
Allowing vehicles travelling east on Park Road to turn left into York Road.
• York Road/Victoria Road: Allowing traffic travelling east along Victoria Road to turn right into York Road.
• A689/Huckelhoven Way junction: Changing the sequence of the traffic lights at this junction which currently operate on separate northbound and southbound phases on the A689, so that both phases run at the same time.
There will be a right turn phase for both northbound and southbound vehicles following this.
Peter Frost, the council’s highways, traffic and transport team leader, said: “The current junction arrangements were introduced a number of years ago and traffic volumes have increased since then, leading to congestion and queues of traffic at times.
“We believe all of these proposals will help to encourage a better flow of traffic around the town centre and lead to shorter queues at some junctions.”
Signs are to be put in place to ensure that motorists are aware of the changes.