Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Road Trial a Success

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Road Trial a Success

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Byline: Sandy Mckenzie

A trial aimed at cutting congestion on one of Middlesbrough's main roads has been hailed an initial success.

But it will continue for the rest of the year before a decision is taken on a long-term solution.

In May, Middlesbrough Council introduced new traffic arrangements on Marton Road.

It created two lanes for traffic coming into town and one for southbound traffic.

Alterations were also made to traffic islands and junctions between Marton and the James Cook University Hospital.

The changes are aimed at beating the peak hours "Marton Road crawl".

Ron Lowes, the council's Executive councillor for transport, said the experiment was proving successful and would stay in place for the rest of the year to allow further evaluation to take place.

"The changes on Marton Road seem to have made a substantial impact ( the feedback we are getting indicates very strongly that journey times have been cut, particularly around the morning peak time. …

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