Roads & Roadworks

This dedicated page has been set up on this website so that considerations arising can be posted as they occur, most recent first, with any explanatory attachments being uploaded and available through tabs at the foot of this page, and so this website is always going to be the most immediate source of information

For those for whom the internet and email are not the preferred ways of communication, the same information will also be printed in the village newsletter - "Hett Happenings" - but , for practical purposes, the Newsletter, a paper copy of which is delivered to every household in the village,  is now a quarterly publication , so there may be interim  "Roads & Roadworks" bulletins delivered as well, depending on what is happening



Roadworks Update November 2017

This November 2017 update contains diagrams/maps/plans so is more easily accessed by using the tab " Traffic Bulletin November 2017" at the foot of this page

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ROADS & ROADWORKS UPDATE 02/10/17

Les updates what he has received as pasted below...............

From David Battersby DCC Traffic Department.

 

I am now in receipt of the survey information and have had the opportunity to analyse the data.  I have compared the current data with that of the survey carried out in 2015.

 

The results from the new survey reveal that the traffic flows have reduced considerably in proportion to those of the previous survey in 2015.

 

Those routes which were popular with motorists trying to avoid the traffic signals at Thinford appear to be much less attractive now.  The route from the A688 via Leeman’s Lane to Butcher’s Race roundabout on the A167 shows the largest reduction in traffic.  In the evening 5-6PM peak on this route the reduction is around 64%

 

There has been a general reduction in traffic on each of the three roads of approximately 30%


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ROADWORKS UPDATE 17/05/15

 

Continuing his dialogue with DCC, Parish Councillor Les Griffiths posts as follows, with the most recent mail appearing first in this sequence of  3 extracts  [ go to extract{3} for the start of this conversation] :-

 

 

Extract from my email to DCC Highways.

 

 1] 'concerns have now been raised by residents following previous reply relating to the road surface repairs as the road surface doesn’t appear to be in poor condition and therefore patching is not the issue. It is the verges of the road which were damaged and it is a concern that if the verges are patched the road will be widened, the views of the residents are that the road should be designated as single track road with official passing places and not widened to allow a greater volume of traffic to pass. 

 

Simply tarmacing over the verges would only widen the road and damage the drainage ditches. The road is not gritted in winter and the drainage ditches which have been damaged are very important to remove the surface and field water. The road is already treacherous in winter, it floods and freezes so the residents are concerned that it could be worse if the drainage and verges are not reinstated,or worse, tarmaced over. 

 

I would be grateful if you could pass our inquiry to the relevant department for a full response, furthermore, The Parish Council would like to see the evaluation criteria and budget for the works at Thinford as many residents have used the term 'waste of money’ from their perspective as it only seems to have increased traffic in the villages it was supposed to alleviate issue traffic in'

 

2] - an extract from the email to me regarding repairs to Leemans Lane. (no photos attached)

 

 

' we propose to start works week commencing 22nd May. The works will consist of patching the carriageway, mainly targeted at the carriageway edge. It may appear in certain locations the carriageway has slightly widened but as you can see from the attached photographs  we will merely be reinstating the carriageway to its original width.

 

On completion of the patching works we will reinstate the verge with topsoil and seed.

 

Moving forward we will monitor the performance of the drainage ditches and if we determine work is required we will re-profile the ditches.

 

I have copied my colleagues into this email who will provide a response regarding re-classification of the carriageway to a single track road (Keith Jameson) and your request to have official passing places installed ‘

 

(Jonathan Cardy).

 

3] Further email to me regarding single track road 

 

In response to your issue with passing places at the above location, I will add the issue to our evaluation process. This evaluation process involves us carrying out site assessments on potential works. We then prioritise these works and this forms the next capital maintenance programme.

 

The evaluation takes place late summer and throughout autumn, with qualifying works being undertaken on site during the 2018/19 financial year. As you can appreciate not all of the issues we assess make the programme as we have a set budget that we must work within.

 

If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Regards, Jonathan

 

Jonathan Cardy

Senior Engineer – Capital Programme

 

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Roadworks Update 11 May 2017

ROADWORKS UPDATE 11 May 2017

 

Les Griffiths [Croxdale & Hett Parish Councillor] advises that he has asked DCC for an update on repairs needed to Leeman`s Lane, and also for sight of the evaluation criteria for the success, or otherwise, of the project and expenditure at Thinford

 

Les has kindly provided the most recent response he has received, which is pasted verbatim below

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We’ve identified funds to carry out patch repair and verge works on Leeman’s lane, so I can confirm that’ll go ahead. This work is estimated for completion by the middle of June. The programme for surfacing and these kinds of patching repair works is quite fluid as the construction teams involved often have to react to high priority safety concerns at  short notice so I can’t give an exact date.

 

In terms of increased traffic through Sunderland Bridge and Hett I think it’s best to leave this for a longer period to allow traffic patterns to settle down further following the works. The works at Thinford had a number of aims but the main aim was to increase capacity at the roundabout. We’ve previously noted that this is likely in the long term to reduce rat running as the main route is simply faster. I am not sure whether this was a stated aim of the project and as such may not be formally evaluated. I can pass the query on to the correct department if the councillor would like us to look at that.

 

Regards

 

John Gall

Senior Project Manager

Construction PPM Unit| Technical Services | Regeneration and Local Services 03000 260 839| 07880 180 230 | jonathan.gall@durham.gov.uk |Durham County Council, Rm114 County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL |

 

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Les adds  that he intends to ask  DCC for further information on the evaluation process and move toward designating Leemans Lane and Hett Lane as single track roads with passing places, bearing in mind that he understands that a number of residents have expressed concern that the lanes get wider with every repair

 

11 May 2017



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Roadworks  Update 23 March 2017

    Just received [ 23 March]  from DCC

Richard Proud <Richard.Proud@durham.gov.uk>

16:54 (7 minutes ago)
to

Further to our previous emails, please note that overnight road closures will be in place while final resurfacing works are carried out at Thinford roundabout between Thursday 30 March and Saturday 1 April.

 

Please click the links below for more detail:

 

http://www.durham.gov.uk/article/11565/Overnight-closures-for-Thinford-roadworks

 

http://www.durham.gov.uk/thinford

 

 

 

Richard Proud

Multimedia Officer (Campaigns and Publications)

Durham County Council

5/123-135 County Hall

Durham

DH1 5UG

 

Direct 03000 265 395

Switchboard 03000 26 0000

 

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 Roadworks Update 27/02/17

Brian [ HVHA Secretary] has followed up on  this issue with John Gall 
[ JG] 
 [ Project Manager with DCC]

pasted below is their  email exchange [ response from JG first]  - do please note that the response from JG may indicate that some information previously supplied to HVHA is now "out of date"

From: Jonathan Gall [mailto:Jonathan.Gall@durham.gov.uk
Sent: 27 February 2017 13:22
To: bpogden <bpo@bpogden.plus.com>
Subject: RE: Thinford Road Works

 

Hi Brian,

 

Quick update below:

 

The works are still on schedule although we have had several issues with various utilities which we’ve now nearly finished diverting prior to the main works beginning. The Earthworks are scheduled to begin on Wednesday and kerbing and civil engineering works will begin around a week later. We are still on programme to complete by 9th April and through the next phases of work we will be working 6/7 days a week to complete as soon as possible.

 

We will carry out works to the Leeman’s Lane verges following the completion of the main works. Otherwise, we run the risk of barriers being moved and further damage occurring after we carry out repairs.

 

Please let me know if any common queries arise out of your meeting.

 

Regards

 

John Gall

Senior Project Manager

Construction PPM Unit| Technical Services | Regeneration and Local Services 03000 260 839| 07880 180 230 | jonathan.gall@durham.gov.uk |Durham County Council, Rm114 County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL |

 

From: bpogden [mailto:bpo@bpogden.plus.com
Sent: 26 February 2017 11:13
To: Jonathan Gall <Jonathan.Gall@durham.gov.uk>
Subject: Thinford Road Works

 

Hello Johnathan,

 

The Management Committee of HVHA meets Monday night, 27th and I wonder if you could provide me with an update as to where the roadworks are at Thinford so that I may report back to members.

 

Many thanks,

 

Brian Ogden

Secretary,

HVHA.

 

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ROADWORKS UPDATE 25/01/17

From Les Griffiths:-



REAL/NM/NO/SG

03000 267095

steven.galloway@durham.gov.uk

Steven Galloway


 

25 January 2017

 

Dear Sir

Leeman’s Lane/Hett Mill Lane junction with A688, Hett

Temporary Road Closure

The County Council intend to close to vehicular traffic a 2 metre length of Hett Mill Lane, Hett from its junction with road A688.

 

The closure is necessary for road safety reasons to prevent access by large volumes of commuter traffic on roads not intended for such use.

 

The closure will be effected by means of Notice under Section 14(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.  The maximum duration of the closure under this Notice is 5 days commencing Monday 30 January 2017.

 

The closure will then be continued in force by an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, which will commence from Saturday 4 February 2017 for a period anticipated to be a further 9 weeks.

 

Throughout the period of closure an alternative route will be available to vehicular traffic from the north western side of the closure from Hett Village onto A167 and southwards to Thinford Roundabout and following the diversion route for A688 eastbound closure – south on A167 to Rushyford, east on A689 to A1(M) junction 60 or continuing to Sands Hall Roundabout Sedgefield then northwards on A177 to A688 at Tursdale to the south eastern side of the closure, and vice versa.

 

Yours faithfully

 

 

Steven Galloway

Regeneration and Local Services

Network Management

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ROADWORKS UPDATE 24/01/17

From Les Griffiths:-

Dear All

I have heard this morning from DCC that they intend to close Leemans Lane at the Hett Moor junction with the A688. It will take about 1 week to put the closure in place and will last approx 10 weeks. Concrete barriers will be placed over the junction. They have agreed to temporarily open the junction at specfic times, upon request, to allow plant and materials to access the farms and railway if required. Signs informing motorists and residents of the closure will be placed at the appropriate junctions. Further specific details to follow as the closure progresses. 

For further information please contact



Jonathan Gall
Senior Project Manager
Construction PPM Unit| Technical Services | Regeneration and Local Services, County Hall, Durham, DH15UL

03000 260 839| 07880 180 230 

Regards

Les


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ROADWORKS UPDATE 20/01/17

Leeman`s Lane 20/01/17

From Les Griffiths.................................

I met with DCC Highways Department at lunchtime today to discuss the issues being experienced by residents in the Hett / Sunderland Bridge area following the closure of the A688 east bound at Thinford. 

Following today’s meeting I summarise the discussion.
 
In attendance
 
·         Cllr Jan Blakey
·         Brian Buckley – DCC Strategic Highways Manager
·         David Battensby - DCC Traffic Asset Senior Engineer
·         Jonathan Gall – DCC Project Manager
·         John (Les) Griffiths – Hett Parish Council Vice Chair
·         Anne Heywood – Representing Sunderland Bridge Residents
·         Mick Ord – Representing Croxdale Residents
 
Discussion points 
 
·     Consultation was discussed in the run up to the scheme. DCC asserted that traffic management plans and closure plans went out in November, scheme notification in December and reminder in January but as far as I’m aware the Parish Council was only notified on the 23rd December which in my view was insufficient time to consult with residents given the holiday period. This was made clear to DCC but felt as if they had followed protocol.

·     The background to the scheme of works at Thinford was discussed – the aim is to provide additional capacity at the roundabout which would reduce likelihood of future rat running in Hett/ Sunderland Bridge. It will last 12 weeks with eastbound closure throughout and 1 or 2 full closures towards end of works.

·     The issues identified by residents were reported to DCC including increased traffic, damage to verges (particularly on Leeman’s Lane) and possible speeding were discussed.

·     The Following options were discussed to alleviate issues:

o    Temp speed bumps – not possible without lighting and timescales mean they could not be installed quickly enough. Unlikely to reduce the main problem of increased traffic, particularly on Leeman’s lane.

o    Temp chicanes – not possible in a derestricted area without traffic lights. The effect of the chicanes would not be significant in deterring rat running and they would be likely to cause more issues than they solve.

o    Closures at various locations.  This was the only recommended option by DCC to stop rat running. Various locations were discussed for the point of closure including. Talking through issues the point of the junction between Leeman’s Lane and the A688 was considered between all parties to affect the least residents and businesses. This option was considered most suitable to take forward subject to consultation. DCC noted that it would likely take 7 days to get in place. If access is required under special circumstances then DCC could arrange this over a short period. Signage would be erected to notify all drivers and minimise chances of people using the route as a rat run.
 
Actions to take forward
 
·         AH to consult affected businesses and gauge opinion in Sunderland Bridge to get views on closure by Monday
·         LG to consult and gauge opinion in Hett residents by Monday
·         JG to be point of contact going forward.
·         JG to organise things for closure in parallel to discussion
·         BB to begin the process for closure order.
 
Please let me know your thoughts but in reality this option is the one with the least impact on the least number of residents . DCC have been inundated with complaints and several instances of the Police being called have been recorded including a road traffic collision on Leemans Lane. 

I undertook to speak to Mr Gall on Monday morning with a consensus of views.   

I’ve tried to keep it brief and summarise the main points towards getting a solution in place which works for the majority. I undertook to speak to Mr Gall on Monday morning with a consensus of views. Clearly some residents will be impacted by the closure but options are limited. If necessary I will go back to DCC with further proposals but I think the penny has dropped with DCC regarding public, resident and motorist safety and any alternative solution would need to be quite radical and quickly achievable.

Jonathan Gall the Senior Project Manager can be contacted on ;  


03000 260 839 /  07880 180 230

Best regards

Les


John L Griffiths

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ROADWORKS UPDATE

Following the notification from DCC  [ reproduced below] of Roadworks at Thinford Roundabout, John Atkinson, Chair of HVHA, contacted DCC expressing concerns about the impact on the village

Pasted below is the reply John received from John Gall, Project Manager

"Dear Mr Atkinson,

I’m the project manager for the scheme and wanted to respond to the queries you have raised.

There are no plans to close the access road to Hett village from the A688. The only length of closed road will be the A688 eastbound between Thinford Roundabout and a point around 200m to the east (toward metal bridge). The access road to Hett will still be open. I’ve attached a plan showing the closed length of road along with the diversion route. If you are travelling to Hett then you would still be able to access the village from the A688 if coming from the east or via the Sunderland Bridge turn off if using the A167.

We will be placing some signs at the Sunderland bridge turn off to discourage other motorists from using the route as a short cut during the works. We will continue to monitor the situation throughout."



ROADWORKS AT THINFORD ROUNDABOUT

Hello

 

Starting on Monday 16 January 2017 we will be carrying out works to widen the A688 to the east of Thinford roundabout to increase the capacity of the junction at this point. The works will also help to enable the regeneration of the area to the north of the A688 and east of the A167, where a new development will be built.

 

A new junction will be provided to the north of the road to allow access to the new development, as well as a right turn lane from the A688. As part of the works the existing layby to the east of the southbound carriageway approaching Thinford roundabout will also be permanently closed.

 

The works are likely to take around 3 months to complete and will involve an eastbound closure of the A688 (from the roundabout towards Metal Bridge) for this period. The diversion route will be via the A167 to Rushyford, the A689 to the Sands Hall roundabout at Sedgefield and then the A177 to Tursdale and vice versa. There may also be periods of time during the works which require full closures of the A688.

 

Please find attached a diagram of the diversion.


 [ Editors Note: The diagram is uploaded and accessed by clicking on the item "Thinford Diversions" at the foot of this page]

 

All businesses in the area will be open as usual.

 

For regular updates  please visit www.durham.gov.uk/thinford  

 

Should you have any queries or experience any problems during the works, please do not hesitate to get in touch on 03000 261 000 or via help@durham.gov.uk

 

Many thanks

 

Steph Cribbs.

 

 

Steph Cribbs

Marketing and communications

Regeneration and Local Services

Durham County Council

03000 268 157

07469 402 579

 

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