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Thinford roundabout works

Works will be carried out on the A688, to the east of Thinford roundabout, to widen the road.

From Thursday 30 March to Saturday 1 April road resurfacing will take place from 7.00pm each night, until 6.00am the following morning. See below for full details.

What's happening?

Starting on Monday 16 January 2017 we will be carrying out works to widen the A688 to the east of Thinford roundabout to increase the capacity of the junction at this point. The works will also help to enable the regeneration of the area to the north of the A688 and east of the A167, where a new coffee and food outlet will be built. The works will involve the widening of the A688, drainage and street lighting works, signage and lines, as well as the diversion of a number of utilities to enable the development works to take place.

A new junction will be provided to the north of the road to allow access to the new development, as well as a right turn lane from the A688. As part of the works the existing layby to the east of the southbound carriageway approaching Thinford roundabout will also be permanently closed.


The works are likely to take around three months to complete and will involve an eastbound closure of the A688 (from the roundabout towards Metal Bridge) for this period. The diversion route will be via the A167 to Rushyford, the A689 to the Sands Hall roundabout at Sedgefield and then the A177 to Tursdale and vice versa. There may also be periods of time during the works which require full closures of the A688.

Thinford roundabout diversion

Overnight resurfacing 

The A688 will be closed on three consecutive nights between Thursday 30 March to Saturday 1 April, from 7.00pm each night, until 06.00am the following morning. This will affect eastbound and westbound traffic from Thinford Roundabout to a point 200m to the east (towards Metal Bridge). During the closures, a signed diversion route will be in place. This is to complete the final phase of the works - road resurfacing, white lining and installation of traffic sensors. It will see the works at Thinford Roundabout completed just over a week ahead of the original 12 week programme.

Map showing Thinford roundabout roadworks

Road closure 

The junction of Leeman's Lane (leading from Hett village) at the A688 will closed to all vehicles, for the duration of the works.  The lane is very narrow and not suitable for high volumes of traffic and has been closed due to safety concerns. There is roadside signage to warn motorists in advance.

Business as usual

All businesses in the area will be open as usual. Temporary parking has been provided to support businesses affected by the road closure and diversion, in the existing layby to the east of the southbound carriageway approaching Thinford roundabout, until the works are complete.