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Dragonville Link Road

A link road and traffic lit junction will be built between Renny's Lane and the A181, south of Durham City Retail Park.


Over recent years, the area around Dragonville has seen a range of new developments, including Durham City Retail Park. With these developments we have seen large increase in the number of vehicles using the A181, Dragon Lane and Sunderland Road.

The signals and junction at Sunderland Road/Dragon Lane are within an Air Quality Management Area, and we continually monitor the levels in the area. With further development planned in the area, there is a need to increase the road capacity to meet future growth without affecting the existing roads.

What we are doing

To reduce congestion we are developing an alternative north to south route, which will run parallel to Dragon Lane. This will provide direct access to the retail and industrial units while reducing congestion and journey times in the area. The proposed solution is:

  • to create a continuous link between Renny's Lane and Damson Way
  • a new traffic lit junction at the between Damson Way and A181 Sherburn Road

Traffic modelling shows that by introducing these, vehicles can access the new and existing retail units as well as the industrial estate, without travelling down Dragon Lane. It is expected that the improvements will reduce journey times in peak traffic with less congestion along Dragon Lane.

When it will happen

The planning application was approved in July 2019.

  • September 2019 - preparation works and construction of the link road
  • Autumn 2019 - construction of the traffic lit junction

It is anticipated that construction of both will be complete by Spring 2020.

How it will affect you

There should be little impact on the surrounding roads for the majority of the link road construction.

There will be some unavoidable disruption to the surrounding roads during the building of the junction, but this will be minimised where possible.

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