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The recently-formed Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA), which includes Darlington Borough Council, has released plans for a DARLINGTON NORTHERN BYPASS. It seems that Highways England and the new Mayor of Tees Valley may also be involved. For more information about the proposed new road visit the TVCA website at https://teesvalley-ca.gov.uk/what-we-are-delivering/transport/improvingourroads/ .The Bypass would link the A1(M) at Junction 59, Coatham Mundeville, to the roundabout on the A66 near Great Burdon and 2 possible routes are being considered:

WRA appreciates that a new Northern Bypass might well benefit residents living along Whinfield Road who are currently having to suffer excessive HGV traffic going past their homes, but is equally concerned that a new road might just push the problem elsewhere to affect other residents in the future.

Another concern is that a Northern Bypass seems to be principally designed to facilitate the building of houses on a vast scale to the north of Darlington, as contained within DBC's draft Darlington Local Plan (click the link at the side of this page for more information) which might well considerably increase traffic in Whinfield even though the local infrastructure is already unsuitable to cope with it. WRA believes that alternative solutions to the traffic problem and improvements to the local roads should be brought forward and implemented now, irrespective of whether or not a Northern Bypass becomes a reality.

WRA is resolute that of the two routes being proposed for a Northern Bypass, Route B should not be considered as an option, and that Route A would appear to be the least environmentally damaging to the beautiful and historic Ketton Country and Skerne Valley, which have not been invaded by any public road throughout their history.

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Several alternative routes were apparently looked at before settling on A and B, as can be seen on this map:

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More details of how Routes A and B would affect the existing road network and countryside are given on this map:

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The time left for members of the public to make representations about the proposed Darlington Northern Bypass is short, so if you wish to convey objections or other comments about the scheme you are urged to send them as soon as possible to mark.wilson@teesvalley-ca.gov.uk .

D'ton Local Plan


On 21st December 2017 the Tees Valley Combined Authority announced that they are proceeding to the next stage of applying for funding with Route A as their preferred option. Part of the press release is reproduced below:



The Tees Valley Combined Authority's Cabinet today gave the green light to progress business cases for two major projects that could transform the road network in Tees Valley. The Combined Authority agreed on the approach for outline business cases for plans that include a new Tees Crossing and a new Northern Link Road in Darlington. In the coming weeks, these proposals will be presented to the Department for Transport, with a bid for up to 4million from the Government backing the Combined Authority's 1million investment to help take them to the next stage.

Ben Houchen, Tees Valley Mayor, said: "These all-important improvements will help to clear traffic blackspots that, for too long, have blighted our roadways. The upgrades will work for the residents, providing smoother journeys across the region. Not only that, but with increased access to Enterprise Zones and improved infrastructure to support Teesport, they will also underpin everything I am trying to do as Mayor in opening up the area for inward investment, growth and global recognition." 

A new Tees Crossing will cut down on congestion and slow journey times on the A19. It will provide additional capacity for up to 72,000 vehicles per day, and allow continued traffic flow should an incident happen on the A19 or A66. The Combined Authority's preferred route for a new crossing is the Viaduct Option, which would provide a new route for local traffic to cross the river, freeing up capacity on the current A19 Tees Flyover.    

A Darlington Northern Link Road, between Junction 59 of the A1(M) and A66/A1150 Little Burdon will provide an alternative for unsuitable vehicles currently forced to use local roads such as the A1150 and A167.  Following consultation and analysis, the Combined Authority has selected Route A, the most northern of the two options, as its preferred route option.

An online poll on the decision conducted by the Northern Echo in the week immediately after the TVCA announcement yielded the following result from among its readership: