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The leaders of the seven local councils, the North of Tyne Mayor and Northumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner encourage people to work together to move out of Tier 3 as quickly and as safely as possible.

Dragonville Link Road

A link road and traffic lit junction has been built between Renny's Lane and the A181, south of Durham City Retail Park.


Over recent years, the area around Dragonville has seen a range of new developments, including Durham City Retail Park. With these developments we have seen large increase in the number of vehicles using the A181, Dragon Lane and Sunderland Road.

The signals and junction at Sunderland Road/Dragon Lane are within an Air Quality Management Area, and we continually monitor the levels in the area. With further development planned in the area, there was a need to increase the road capacity to meet future growth without affecting the existing roads.

What we did

To reduce congestion we have developed an alternative north to south route, which runs parallel to Dragon Lane, to create a continuous link between Renny's Lane and Damson Way and a new traffic lit junction between Damson Way and A181 Sherburn Road. This provides direct access to the retail and industrial units while reducing congestion and journey times in the area.

Better facilities have also been introduced for sustainable travel options such as walking and cycling. By reducing traffic congestion and delays, the improvements will also contribute to improving the air quality of the area.

Construction of the link road began in September 2019 with works on the traffic lit junction starting in January 2020. Construction on the project was completed in September 2020 with the link road and traffic lit junction now open to traffic.

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