Traffic scheme for busy junction

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A ROAD improvement scheme to increase traffic flow at a busy junction is set to be discussed at a council meeting.

Road chiefs at Hartlepool Borough Council have proposed a £95,000 scheme to combat traffic hold ups at the junction of Catcote Road and Elwick Road in the town.

It is proposed to widen Catcote Road to create a right turn lane for motorists travelling north to prevent traffic from building up behind vehicles waiting to turn into Elwick Road.

A similar scheme is proposed for Elwick Road at the same junction for vehicles turning right onto Catcote Road.

The cash is coming from the Tees Valley Bus Network Improvements project and will improve traffic flow on the road that is used by the Stagecoach Service 3 bus.

The issue is set to be discussed at a regeneration and neighbourhoods portfolio meeting which is chaired by Hartlepool mayor Stuart Drummond.

A council report for the meeting said: “As a result of under spends on previous schemes from the Tees Valley Bus Network Improvements project, a number of other proposals are being developed to ensure that the original allocation is spent within Hartlepool.

“One such scheme is improvements to the Catcote Road/Elwick Road junction, used by Stagecoach Service 3, which can experience delays in both directions that the service runs, northbound on Catcote Road, and westbound on Elwick Road.

“The scheme involves the widening of Catcote Road on its northbound approach to create a right turn lane. This will prevent traffic travelling straight ahead from being held up by vehicles waiting to turn right, giving much improved traffic flows through the junction.

“The junction will also be widened on the Elwick Road approach, which again will reduce delays experienced as a result of right turning traffic.

“A pedestrian island will be installed on the north side of the junction, to improve road safety and make crossing easier.”

The Tees Valley Bus Network Improvements project is funded jointly between the Department for Transport and Hartlepool Borough Council’s Local Transport Plan.

The scheme has been approved in principle by the project board and it has been recommended for approval by Mayor Drummond.

The meeting will be held in Committee Room A at Hartlepool’s Civic Centre on Friday, September 28, from 10am.