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The Prime Minister has announced a delay in the easing of Covid-19 restrictions.
See Youtube: Prime Minister's Coronavirus press conference (14 June 2021) for details.

Temporary Covid-19 improvements for walking and cycling

We've received government funding to make changes to some of our roads and paths to support the increased walking and cycling that has taken place during the Coronavirus pandemic. Work on these improvements will take place between August and September.

The improvements include new or improved cycle lanes, reduced speed limits and improved paths, with the aim of providing more space for walkers and cyclists, and to make them feel safe on the roads, as traffic increases. Overall, we hope that these changes will:

  • encourage people to maintain healthy lifestyles and enjoy walking and cycling as a cheap and healthy way to get around
  • keep people safe while they travel and exercise 
  • support people to continue to shop locally

These schemes are initially temporary and we'll continue to review and change where necessary, which may include considering whether to make these more permanent. As social distancing measures are likely to remain in place for some time, providing space for walking and cycling remains important.

Where the changes are taking place

Although the first set of changes are in Durham City and surrounding areas, we have submitted an application for further funding which would pave the way for additional schemes elsewhere in the county.

Icon for pdf Emergency Active Travel Scheme - Durham City map (PDF, 3.1mb)

See table below for a full list of proposed changes in the city area.

WhereProposed improvements
Rotary Way, Pity Me (Pity Me roundabout to Arnison Centre roundabout)

Icon for pdf Rotary Way, Pity Me - map of road changes (PDF, 1.1mb)

The map shows some of the improvements for cyclists, which include:

  • cycle lanes with bollards separating the lanes from the road
  • 30mph speed limit
  • bridleway link improvements

All drivers who need to get to the Premier Inn or Dunelm Ridge will have to do this from the Arnison Centre roundabout.

Pity Me to New College Durham

Improvement for cyclists and pedestrians:

  • surface improvements to the path between Front Street and New College

Front Street, Pity Me (Alexandra Close to Abbey Road)

Icon for pdf Front Street, Pity Me - map of road changes (PDF, 2.3mb)

The map shows some of the improvements for cyclists, which include:

  • cycle lanes with bollards separating the lanes from the road
  • cycle parking
Front Street, Framwellgate Moor (Alexandra Close to St Cuthbert's Avenue including North Terrace and Durham Terrace)

Icon for pdf Front Street, Framwellgate Moor - map of road changes (PDF, 1.9mb)

The map shows some of the improvements for cyclists, which include:

  • 20 mph speed limit
  • cycle parking
Links to Great North Cycleway (A167)

Improvement for cyclists:

  • cycle detection at the Duke of Wellington traffic lights (Lowes Barn Bank)
Pelaw Leazes Lane, Durham

Improvements for pedestrians and cyclists:

  • cycle lanes with bollards separating the lanes from the road
  • links to National Cycling Network Route 14 (NCNR14)
  • access only restriction (vehicles) 
A181 Gilesgate access road

Improvement for cyclists and pedestrians:

  • signage for cyclists to reduce its use as a 'rat run'

Further information about the improvements

Pedestrian and disabled access 

Pedestrian and disabled access in the areas where the work is taking place will not be affected.


Parking bays will be suspended on Pelaw Leazes Lane, but will not be affected anywhere else.

Access to shops

Access to the shops will not be affected. We hope that the measures will encourage more people to shop locally and create more vibrant places to visit.


In June and July 2020 we consulted on what improvements you thought would help. Your responses have helped us prioritise where improvements are needed. More information about the consultation is at Help us create better street space in County Durham.

Contact us
Active Travel
03000 26 0000
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