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Walking and cycling on Woodland Road, Outram Street and Duke Street

Nationally Government has set out an ambitious case for a step-change in cycling and walking to help tackle some of the most challenging issues we face – improving air quality, combating climate change, improving health and wellbeing, addressing inequalities and tackling congestion.

The Tees Valley Combined Authority has worked with the 5 local authorities to develop a Tees Valley Local Cycling and Walking Investment Plan [external link]

One of the first two priority schemes to be delivered with the initial funding is Woodland Road in Darlington. The route extends along Woodland Road from the Hollyhurst Road junction eastwards and then via Outram Street to Duke Street.

Artists render of Woodland Road
Artists render of Duke Street

Consultation on the proposals took place between 14 December 2020 and 3 February 2021. We received wide ranging views from local residents, businesses and key stakeholders.

Overall there was support for the proposals, especially making the temporary 20mph speed limit on Duke Street a permanent change and reopening Winston Street West car park to off-set the proposed reduction in parking spaces on Woodland Road and Duke Street.

We have considered all these responses and incorporated some changes to the scheme, in particular to better meet the needs of disabled people, to minimise the removal of trees, and to provide loading bays rather than on-street parking to support the businesses.

Traffic Regulation Orders have been advertised and the schemes for Woodland Road and Outran Street have now been approved and will be constructed later this year.

Objections and comments were received from a number of businesses in Duke Street and therefore we have paused the legal order process whilst we discuss the scheme further.

A revised plan has been delivered to businesses in Duke Street and residents in the Outram Street area.

A drop in event has been arranged on 1 September in Central Hall in the Dolphin Centre between 3pm and 6pm for anyone to come and review the plans or you can send an email to [email protected].

See the revised plan for Duke Street [pdf document]