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Due to essential maintenance, the following systems will be unavailable from 6.00pm on Monday 2 October until 8.00am on Tuesday 3 October: our online council tax, business rates and housing benefit services, and our welfare assistance form. You will also not be able to register to pay council tax online, make a change of address for council tax or cancel single person discount. You are still able to make a payment during this time. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Traffic lights and road crossings

We are responsible for traffic lights and signals on the county's roads and crossings.

Traffic signals are used to aid safety and traffic movements, and help pedestrians and cyclists cross the road safely. 

Traffic lights

There are currently 71 sets of traffic signals controlling junctions and bridges.

A1(M) junctions

Traffic signals on the A1(M) junctions are looked after by Amey RTMC:

  • 61 (Bowburn Interchange)
  • 62 (Carrville Interchange)
  • 63 (Blind Lane Interchange at Chester-le-Street)

In July 2020 we commissioned new signals at Junction 61 of the A1M (Bowburn Interchange). As part of this work we will be responsible for maintenance until they are handed over to Highways England/Amey later this year.

    Road crossings

    There are 73 sets of signal-controlled pedestrian crossings in the county which have facilities for people with sight or hearing difficulties. The signals for people with a visual impairment have 'rotating tactile cones', which are mounted under the push button unit and rotate when it is safe to cross. Others bleep when it is safe to cross. Most pedestrian crossings have red tactile paving to indicate to people with visual impairments where the safe crossing point is located.

    All new crossings are Toucan (cyclists and pedestrians) or Puffin (pedestrians only). We are removing old Pelican crossings which have a flashing green figure phase. 

    We are also responsible for zebra crossings and school crossings.

    Contact us
    Customer Services
    03000 26 0000