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Major junction improvement scheme set to begin

Junction improvements on one of Middlesbrough’s busiest transport routes are set to get underway.

The scheme for the junction of A172 Dixons Bank and Stainton Way – known as the Southern Cross junction – will begin on Monday, February 4.

The works, which include road-widening and signalling improvements, are expected to take seven months during which time every effort will be made to keep disruption to a minimum with temporary traffic management arrangements in place.

If the works require any road closures, they will be kept to a minimum and any diversion will be signed and will avoid any residential routes wherever possible.

A site compound will be located on the grassed area on the south side of Stainton Way, immediately to the east of the junction with The Fairway. Full access to the path and cycleway will be maintained.

Cllr Lewis Young, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Economic Development and Infrastructure, said: “These works are a key part of our Middlesbrough-wide road infrastructure improvement plans.

“We know that around 25,000 vehicles travel on this route every single day and there can be delays on it.

“Unfortunately while the improvement works are carried out there will be some level of disruption for which we would apologise from the outset - however the works are necessary to improve the traffic flow.

“As we have said before, doing nothing is not an option and the benefits of this scheme will soon be seen by all who travel on Stainton Way.”

Normal working hours will be between 7am to 7pm from Monday to Friday and any work outside of these hours will be communicated to residents at the earliest possible opportunity.