Middlesbrough Council has made two applications to the Department for Transport's National Productivity Investment Fund.
Any schemes submitted to the programme must also fulfil one or more of the following outlined objectives:
- ease congestion and provide upgrades on important national, regional and local roads;
- unlock economic job creation opportunities;
- enable delivery of vital new housing development to meet the needs of a generation of would-be home owners.
The first submission is for a proposal to cover the A66/A171 Cargo Fleet Lane Roundabout.
The A66 is the main east/west route serving the Tees Valley city region and Teesport (the largest exporting port in England), and connects directly to the A19 and the wider Strategic Road Network. The proposal is for the introduction of a ‘throughabout’ to improve capacity and reduce delays at a key junction on the A66. The project also includes introduction of a new pedestrian/cycle crossing together with 500 metres of extruded concrete barrier and LED high mast lighting, thereby improving safety and reducing the need for future maintenance.
The second submission is for several proposals relating to the B1365 Hemlington Lane.
These comprise junction improvements and carriageway widening on Stainton Way between its junctions with Newham Way and B1365 Hemlington Lane, carriageway widening on B1365 Hemlington Lane between its junctions with Stainton Way and Newham Way, and introduction of a signalised crossroads at the B1365 Hemlington Lane/Newham Way/Viewley Hill Avenue junction.