Middlehaven road closed to traffic as work begins on new transport link

Construction work has begun on a highway that is hoped will create improved transport links while a masterplan for Middlehaven remains in the works. It is hoped the Windward Way link in Middlehaven will improve accessibility during ongoing regeneration. Windward Way is currently closed to traffic at the junction close to Middlesbrough College as work to create a new link to Lower Feversham Street.

A Middlesbrough Council spokesperson said: “The works will provide new pedestrian cycle facilities with associated signalised crossing facilities improving accessibility by non-car modes and safety for these highway users. “Dedicated traffic free routes will be provided which will link the rail station to Middlesbrough College and future development opportunities creating a high quality environment and improving linkages between the town and Middlehaven regeneration area.”

Work underway in Middlehaven on the extension of Windward Way

The council owned land where the highway would be built is currently vacant. An application in September, said: “The works proposed as part of this application are an individual element of wider future transport improvement works forming the Middlehaven masterplan.

“The aims of these works will be to improve accessibility through the Middlehaven area by all modes by introducing a clear highway hierarchy.” The highway will add to the links previously created by the Dock Bridge, which saw access open up to mixed-use commercial and residential development land on the wider Middlehaven site and links to industry at Riverside Park, including the TeesAMP development.

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The application added: “The successful delivery of the Dock Bridge/Priestman Road has provided a key East/West route to the north of the Middlehaven area which links the Newport interchange to the Middlehaven interchange. “The proposed Windward Way link provides a further East/West strategic link to the south of Middlehaven.

“Supporting works as part of the proposals will provide dedicated pedestrian and cycle facilities which will support mode shift and improve safety, particularly around Middlesbrough College.

“The highway hierarchy has been carefully planned so as to not hinder future development whilst unlocking potential future development plots.”

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