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New pedestrian and cycle path to Durham railway station

Work has started to create better links to Durham Railway Station for cyclists and pedestrians.

The background

The terrain around Durham Station is challenging for cyclists, as it is located at the top of a steep hill. Currently there is no formal cycle route provided, so cyclists make their way up to the station either via undesignated routes or by pushing their bicycles.

What are we doing?

We are creating a new shared use pedestrian and cycle path to compliment the existing cycle and pedestrian route on the east side of A691 Framwellgate Peth to the train station.  

  • We will also provide new pedestrian access via steps just to north of existing railway bridge 
  • Widen the existing footpath to station on the west side of A691 Framwellgate Peth 
  • Improved street lighting and surfacing
  • Improve the current wooded environment with new trees and woodland wildflower planting 

Why are we doing it?

  • To help improve key cycling links to the railway station
  • To create better pedestrian access routes to the railway station

The work

Phase 1 (complete) 

On the County Hall (east) side of Framwellgate Peth, a new direct pedestrian/cycle path has been provided to the station, where no route previously existed. This links to the existing local cycle network and provides a continuous off carriageway route. The flag paving has been replaced by a blacktop surface which improves comfort for cyclists and the path has also been widened.

Phase 2 (starts 3 July 2017)

On the Garden House pub (west) side the existing pedestrian route will be upgraded to accommodate cyclists, from Framwellgate Peth to the station. This will link to the existing local cycle network, providing a continuous off carriageway route.

Steps will be installed on the east (County Hall) side of Framwellgate Peth linking the station with Milburngate House and improving access to existing and new developments in the north of Durham City.

Icon for pdf West Side Framwellgate Peth pedestrian and cyclist diversion map (PDF, 101.9kb)

Improved environment

To carry out the works we will need to remove a significant number of the existing trees on the bankside. Once works are complete we will replant with an improved mix of native tree species along with a suitable woodland wildflower seedmix, to enhance both the appearance and habitat of the restored area in the long term. 

Local Enterprise Partnership

The project is funded by the North East Local Enterprise Partnership as part of the North East Growth Deal from Government. The Local Growth Fund supports major capital investments to promote innovation, economic and skills infrastructure and sustainable transport across the North East LEP area. The works have been planned in conjunction with Virgin East Coast as the station operator.

The project will take approximately 6 months to complete.

Contact us
Highways and Streetscene
03000 261 000

Regeneration and Development
03000 262 040
Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UL
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