North Road works start 3 October
A major improvement scheme beginning Monday 3 October will see new paving installed along the length of North Road in Durham City.
The initiative is part of Durham County Council's £1.84m programme to upgrade roads and footpaths around the city over the next two years.
What is involved in the works?
The road will be resurfaced and the layout altered in order to improve the flow of traffic and make the area safer for pedestrians.
The improvement scheme will see all pavements replaced with more attractive and durable stone.
Rumble strips, which have become damaged as a result of heavy use, will be removed.
Download a diagram of the planned work here
Why are we doing the work?
North Road links Durham's bus and railway stations with the city's main shopping and tourist area and is used by large numbers of buses and delivery vehicles.
This heavy traffic has caused damage to the paving and intermittent repairs, coupled with regular utility works, have resulted in the pavement having an unappealing patchwork appearance.
Realigning the road and removing the rumble strips will reduce the impact caused by traffic and also improve the appearance of the area.
Cllr Brian Stephens, Durham County Council's Cabinet member for neighbourhoods and local partnerships, said: "Along with the construction of the new Riverwalk complex, these works will see a massive improvement to this part of the city.
"Our consultation with retailers and businesses in the area made it clear that they are keen for this work to start as soon as possible so I am pleased that we are able to get started next week.
"Once again, we would like to thank the public for their patience."
How will the work affect me?
Pedestrians should expect some disruption while the pavement improvements are carried out but all shops and businesses will still be accessible.
Work will take place outside one or two businesses at a time and signed diversions will be in place where necessary.
Buses that normally travel along the one-way section of the street, at the opposite end to the bus station, will be diverted back up North Road to the roundabout and towards Milburngate Bridge while the work to realign the road is carried out.
Temporary bus stops will be in place outside the bus station and at the Methodist Church. Bus stops on Milburngate, opposite The Gates, will be suspended.
The taxi rank on North Road will be temporarily relocated further up the road, opposite Neville Street, with an additional rank in place opposite The Gates on Milburngate.
What is the timescale for the work?
Work begins on Monday, 3 October and is expected to take six months to complete, including a break over the festive period.