Tornado Way / Haughton Road through about

The throughabout was part of the Darlington Eastern Transport Corridor (DETC) scheme that was designed and constructed more than 10 years ago.

The DETC has been a success for Darlington in many ways:

  • It has reduced traffic through Haughton village from more than 5.6 million vehicles in 2007 to 3.4 million in 2017, significantly improving the quality of life of those living in Haughton.
  • It has improved the commute into Darlington along this route significantly, compared to the previous daily crawl through Haughton. During the 8am peak, traffic levels in Haughton village have fallen from 1,096 vehicles to 662 ten years later. Further along Haughton Road near Wickes and Asda, traffic levels have fallen from 1,553 to 617 during the 8am morning peak.  
  • It has helped to support the creation of new jobs and homes at Central Park and Lingfield Point.
  • Existing businesses have been able to expand and develop.

As part of managing the road network and planning for the future, reviews are regularly undertaken and this has identified a number of ‘pinch points’ starting to materialise, which include the through about.  We have reviewed the existing design with the latest information and latest traffic modelling techniques to secure improvements.