Roadworks set to return

Previous roadworks on the junction of Raby Road, Middleton Road and Hart Lane
Previous roadworks on the junction of Raby Road, Middleton Road and Hart Lane

DRIVERS look set for more misery as town centre roadworks are set to return.

The next phase of major works to widen the junctions of Hartlepool’s Hart Lane, Raby Road and Middleton Road will start in the week of September 29 – and are expected to last eight weeks.

The Mail reported in July that the first phase of the roadworks had angered traders in Raby Road, who said the scheme was turning customers away in their droves.

Four-way traffic lights had caused delays when the first stage of the work took place, from April until early August.

But Hartlepool Borough Council chiefs say they expect that traffic to flow more smoothly this time, as there won’t be four-way traffic lights.

Although traffic will be able to flow freely through Raby Road, it will be closed at the junction with Middleton Road and Hart Lane, meaning diversions will be in place for traffic heading between Hart Lane and the marina.

Businesses in the area said it was too early to comment as they had not yet heard full details of the scheme from the council.

A council spokesman said: “The scheme is scheduled to start in the week commencing September 29 and is expected to last eight weeks.

“It involves widening Middleton Road to create two lanes for traffic travelling west towards the Raby Road/Hart Lane junction.

“There will be a lane created for traffic to turn right into Raby Road and another lane for traffic turning left into Raby Road or straight on in to Hart Lane.

“The scheme is designed to improve traffic flow for vehicles travelling west along Middleton Road and to improve road safety.

“During the works the junctions at Middleton Road/Raby Road and Hart Lane/Raby Road will be closed and diversions will be in place.

“This will mean that traffic will be able to flow along Raby Road and traffic lights will not be in operation.

“We are in the process of informing local businesses of the arrangements which we are putting in place which are designed to minimise inconvenience for everyone.

“This is a major scheme to improve traffic flow and safety in the town.”

The roadworks returned temporarily in August, but were in place for a matter of days to allow British Telecom to carry out some underground works.