NPIF programme on Yarm Road & Tornado Way
Darlington Borough Council has successfully secured £3.374m of funding from the Department for Transport (DfT) to provide highways improvements that will support Darlington’s growing economy.
The funding from DfT’s National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) will be used on some of Darlington’s busiest routes to improve access to the town centre and sites around Central Park, Lingfield Point, Yarm Road Industrial Estate and Ingenium Parc. The total investment is almost £5m with £1.258m being provided by Tees Valley Combined Authority and £0.302m from the Council’s Local Transport funding. This will help to bring forward 4,300 jobs, £17.5m GVA and 2,600 homes.
The improvements planned include:
- McMullen Road/Yarm Road roundabout – extra lanes will be added to the roundabout to increase capacity and open up access to the proposed Ingenium Parc industrial hub.
- Lingfield Way – the junction with Yarm Road will be signalised to ease access for traffic to and from Yarm Road Industrial Estate and support bus routes in the area. A new cycle route will be added to Lingfield Way.
- Tornado Way/Haughton Road through about – the junction will be changed to improve capacity to support the growth at Central Park, Lingfield Point and other parts of the town. This will include additional lanes, changes to pedestrian facilities and the way the junction works, moving towards a more conventional roundabout layout.
The project will link to planned investment announced by Highways England to reduce congestion at the A66 Morton Palms roundabout.
A traffic management plan will be developed to minimise traffic disruption during construction work. The plan will also take into account the potential effects for people living near to the works, in particular for vehicle access and parking, as well as access to bus services and walking and cycling routes. Information will also be sent to local businesses so that they can advise staff and visitors of potential disruption and better manage their operations in relation to logistics and deliveries.
The Council apologises for any disruption during these works and every effort will be made to keep all traffic moving.
The scheme is funded from the Department for Transport’s National Productivity Investment Fund, Tees Valley Combined Authority Investment Fund and Darlington Borough Council.