£230k scheme planned to stop congestion in Hartlepool

The junction of Middleton Road and Raby Road
The junction of Middleton Road and Raby Road

A BUSY junction is set to get a £230,000 upgrade to ease congestion.

The flow of traffic through the Raby Road and Middleton Road crossroad in Hartlepool is due to be improved by the scheme which will go to councillors for approval next week.

The main feature of the work is the provision of a designated right turn lane for traffic turning right from on Middleton Road onto Raby Road.

A report by Alastair Smith, assistant director of regeneration, said:

“The purpose of this scheme is to improve traffic flow through the junction.

“At present, traffic travelling straight ahead or wishing to turn left towards the town centre can be held up by right turning traffic, and the improvement scheme would relieve this congestion.”

The proposed work is part of the five year Tees Valley Bus Network Improvement scheme of major infrastructure improvements along key bus routes.

Schemes implemented so far in Hartlepool, include at Catcote Road and

Oxford Road junction, Burn Valley roundabout and York Road.

The new Raby Road scheme has been developed after savings made on some of the other schemes

The junction is used by three Stagecoach services two Arriva services 22 and 23, and the Go North East service X35.

The Addison, Belk and Cameron Residents Group say they think the scheme is a good idea.

It will go to the council’s Neighbourhood Services Committee for decision on Tuesday.