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Works begin to install A690 traffic lights

Published April 27, 2023 10.41am

Work to install traffic lights at two junctions on the A690 is due to begin next week.

We are set to begin work on Tuesday 2 May to install traffic lights and a pedestrian crossing at the West Rainton and Pittington Road junctions of the road.

The works, which are expected to take 14 weeks to complete, will be carried out in phases and will include widening the carriageway, installing island and light-controlled pedestrian crossings, as well as resurfacing and repainting the road.

Wider traffic scheme

Cllr Elizabeth Scott, our Cabinet member for economy and partnerships, said: "These works are part of a wider scheme to improve access for drivers and pedestrians using the A690 and surrounding area.

"These are major works that will provide a significant benefit to traffic and the wider infrastructure of the area. We know the A690 is a main route for motorists, so we would like to thank people for their patience while these improvements are carried out."

Developer agreement

The scheme has been funded through a joint agreement between ourselves and the developer responsible for new housing along Station Road in West Rainton.

As part of the planning conditions for this, the developer was required to fund traffic lights at the West Rainton A690 junction to support the infrastructure of the new estate.

Over the last 12 months, we have been working with the developer to finalise the agreement for the installation of the lights, which was officially confirmed in December 2022.

Measures will be in place to minimise disruption and to manage traffic while the A690 works are carried out, and updates will be provided as work progresses.