Oxford Road junction work to start

WORK will start next week on £250,000 of improvements to a busy junction.

Hartlepool Borough Council is launching a 12-week programme of work that will see the junction of Oxford Road and Catcote Road completely remodelled and traffic lights introduced.

Push-button pedestrian crossings will also be installed at all three points of the junction.

The top of Oxford Road near the junction will be closed to traffic during the work, except for residential access, and a diversion will be in place along Kingsley Avenue and Tynebrooke Avenue.

The two bus stops at the top of Oxford Road will be out of operation while the work is carried out.

The improvements are being paid for by the Government-funded Tees Valley Bus Network Improvement Project and Hartlepool Borough Council.

Council chiefs say the work will make the junction safer for motorists and pedestrians.

Councillor Pam Hargreaves, Hartlepool Borough Council's cabinet member for regeneration and economic development, said: "We apologise for any inconvenience caused while the work is being carried out, but once the project is completed it will substantially improve the junction.

"At the present time, vehicles wanting to turn right from Catcote Road into Oxford Road have to wait for a gap in the busy oncoming traffic.

"The remodelled junction will have a traffic light controlled right turn which will make it much safer for vehicles and which I'm sure will be particularly helpful for buses.

"Similarly, the creation of the three light-controlled crossings will make it far safer for pedestrians to cross the road."