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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.


Following a review of road service provision and in line with government guidance, we will be working on a limited number of projects where it is safe to do so including:

  • road resurfacing and specialist surface schemes
  • gully cleansing and maintenance
  • street lighting maintenance
  • bridges and structures.

There will be delays in responding to non-emergency and non-essential works. All activity will be undertaken with staff working to social distancing guidance.

Critical and emergency works including emergency repairs, road traffic accidents and emergency road defects will continue.


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.

Icon for pdf Dragonville road works video transcript (PDF, 92.4kb)

When it will happen

The planning application was approved in July 2019.

September 2019 - preparation works and construction of the link road are well underway and it is expected to be complete by Summer 2020.


January 2020 - construction of the traffic lit junction. The majority of works will be on land adjacent to the existing road network. However, some local traffic management will be required to manage the site access and residential access.

Works on the A181 are required and temporary traffic signals will be required during some phases of the work. All efforts will be made to minimise disruption and maintain traffic flows.

It is anticipated that construction of the junction will be completed by Summer 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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