UPDATE ON FIRST POST 4/4/2017
A number of people have enquired about the Carr Lane/Carr Street Chicanes, so here is the latest update. Barrett’s have agreed with Durham County Council that they can construct, on Barrett’s behalf, the roundabout at the junction of Studley Drive and Carr lane. They have also agreed for the widening of the lanes on the entry and exit lanes from Carr Street onto the North Eastern Pub roundabout. The advanced payment is imminent and although the council will have to wait around 8 weeks for utility companies to do some work they are hoping to start in August. Once completed the top two chicanes will be removed. The road in the area will be resurfaced when the roundabouts are constructed, and until then potholes, which I have regularly had repaired, will be done on a safety basis.
The third chicane, near Parkside, will be removed when the roundabout at Carr Lane/Rosdale is constructed. This roundabout relies on a trigger point of some 215 houses being built on Barrets Phase 2, Phase 2A, and Phase 3A.Currently only around 75 have been built so at the current rate of build that could be another fours years. I am advised Barrett’s may want to do it sooner and DCC have supplied them with construction drawings. Remember when this is completed their will will be a direct link from the Whitworth/Page Bank Road onto Carr Lane, via Buton Woods. This could be a problem as it will allow a “Rat Run” from the Page Bank road to the North Eastern Roundabout. I have expressed my concerns on this to DCC.
The fourth major highway construction is the addition of the extra lane on a section of the Page Bank road to allow a safer Right Hand Turn onto the Burton Woods Estate. This has been delayed because of concerns over a major underground cable. It may well lead to a re-siting of the current junction.
Cllr. Kevin Thompson
AFTER A NUMBER OF YEARS DURHAM COUNTY COUNCIL AND BARRETTS HAVE AGREED ON THE WAY FORWARD ON A NUMBER OF PROJECTS BASED AROUND WHITWORTH PARK AND BURTON WOODS DEVELOPMENTS. THE REPORT COMMENTS:
“ALTERATIONS/IMPROVEMENTS TO ACCESS AND ISLANDS ON CARR LANE/HIGH STREET/WHITWORTH LANE.
CONSTRUCTION OF ROUNDABOUT CARR LANE/STUDLY DRIVE. REMOVAL OF EXISTING TRAFFIC CALMING CHICANES BETWEEN THE 2 NO. WORK AREAS.
PROVIDE AND INSTALL ROAD SIGNS AND LINES WHITWORTH LANE 40MPH.
THE WORKS WILL BE PROGRAMMED TO COMMENCE SUMMER 2016, SUBJECT TO P.U. CONTRACTORS AVAILABILITY AS UNDERGROUND SERVICES ARE AFFECTED.
IT HAS BEEN AGREED AT THE MEETING THAT THE PLANNED AND LEGAL TRIGGER POINTS FOR WORKS AT ROSEDALE (ANOTHER ROUNDABOUT AND WHITWORTH LANE (WIDENING AND PROJECTED RIGHT TURN) HAVE NOT YET BEEN HIT”.
What this is really saying is that the North Eastern Roundabout in High Street will have two lanes each way entering and leaving Carr Lane. The Studley Drive junction with Carr Lane will become a roundabout AND THE TWO CHICANE ON EITHER SIDE REMOVED. On Whitworth Lane (Page Bank road) the road will be widened to three lanes at the entrance to Burton Woods and relevant speed signs erected. The junction at Rosedale and Carr Lane will have a roundabout built WHICH WILL ALLOW THROUGH TRAFFIC from the Burton Wood Estate (which allows traffic to move between the Page Bank road and the top of the Greenways Estate). The Rosedale roundabout, which is currently going through a legal process, still needs a legal transfer of land; which will have a trigger point revolving around the numbers of houses built.
Cllr. Kevin Thompson