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Consultation underway on junction proposals

Detailed proposals have been drawn up for a major road improvement scheme to improve traffic flow at a key junction in south Middlesbrough.

Consultations have begun on proposed road widening and improved signalling works on A172 Dixons Bank and Stainton Way, known locally as the ‘Southern Cross’ junction.

The proposals are part of a wider set of measures unveiled by Middlesbrough Council last week to improve traffic flow across the town.

This first step would see widening of the existing carriageways on Dixons Bank and Stainton Way to provide two lanes on the northbound and eastbound approaches to the Southern Cross junction.

The existing traffic signals at the junction would be upgraded to introduce specialist software to improve their operation and, therefore, the capacity of the junction.

Cllr Lewis Young, Executive Member for Economic Development and Infrastructure, said: “The proposed scheme will remove the current ‘pinch points’ for traffic heading north and east during the morning and evening peak periods, reducing queueing and delays at those times.

“The town-wide proposals we unveiled last week show our commitment to improving the traffic flow across Middlesbrough.

“Each of the proposals are at different stages in their development, with some – such as the Stainton Way Western Extension and the Longlands to Ladgate Lane Link – dependent on securing external funding.  However, the Southern Cross scheme is fully funded and has been identified as the top priority for implementation, so I am delighted that the public consultation process is now underway.”

The proposed scheme also includes the resurfacing of both roads, improvements to the highway drainage system and improved street lighting.

The ‘toucan’ pedestrian and cycle crossing on Dixons Bank will remain, as will the existing bus laybys.

Residents who will be directly affected by the roadworks have been asked for feedback on the proposals, as have local Ward Councillors and key transport stakeholders such as the bus operators and the emergency services. The deadline for responses is Friday, September 29.

Careful thought is being given to the temporary traffic arrangements required to minimise disruption during the construction works should the proposals proceed to the implementation stage.