Road to close for essential work

The landslip at the edge of the B6300 and the East Coast Mainline.

A road is set to close for several months to allow major roadworks to take place, safeguarding the future of the link road for residents and businesses.

Durham County Council will be closing the B6300, Browney Lane at Burnigill Bank, to all traffic from Saturday, 20th July.

The road closure will remain in place for the duration of the repairs which are anticipated to be complete by late autumn 2019.

The land to the northern edge of the B6300 at Burnigill Bank has suffered slippage over recent years towards the East Coast Mainline, which runs adjacent to the road.

The works will not impact on train journeys or timetables.

Following extensive ground investigation and modelling, engineers have identified that additional foundations will need to be constructed including a piled retaining structure to retain the road in two locations either side of the rail bridge.

Access for residents and businesses will be maintained where possible with the closure in place from St John’s Road to the Honest Lawyer roundabout on the A167.

Mark Readman, highway services manager at Durham County Council, said: “It is essential for the safety of road users and construction staff that we close the road to allow these works to take place and apologise for any inconvenience that may be caused.

“I would like to assure residents and businesses affected that we will be working on extended shifts, seven days a week where works permit, to ensure that the work is completed as soon as possible.”

Vehicles over 4.4m or 14’ 6” are being advised to pay particular attention to the diversion in place for HGVs.

For more information visit www.durham.gov.uk/burnigill.

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