The City of Durham is about to undertake works to install a new £2.5m SCOOT system across the city.
The work, which starts at the end of the month, will see traffic lights installed on the Gilesgate and Leazes Bowl roundabouts and also see improvements to pedestrian and cycle facilities on both roundabouts.
Once installed, the new traffic lights will be coordinated with those already in place on the Milburngate roundabout to better manage the flow of vehicles through the city. The council believes this will mean much more predictable travel through Durham City at peak times making journeys easier for motorists and helping bus operators to plan services. It will also enable the council to more effectively deal with the impacts of incidents and planned events on the road network. The system should be fully operational next year.
Cllr Neil Foster, Cabinet member for economic regeneration, said, “Once installed the SCOOT system should make journeys easier for everyone travelling to or via Durham City, improve the reliability of public transport services and have a positive impact on air quality for local residents.”