Parts of Consett Front Street are closed for sewer upgrades and will remain inaccessible for up to 6 weeks, potentially causing disruption across Consett.
Consett Front Street was closed on Monday 7 April and is expected to remain closed for up to 6 weeks until mid-May. The closure is likely to cause disruption around Consett as traffic is forced to make use of alternative routes for day-to-day travel – this is the latest in a number of upgrades and modernisations to facilities and businesses around Consett, with businesses like Starbucks and Tiger Bills opening and estates like Berry Edge getting the go ahead for new homes.
Sewer upgrades are likely necessary due to the huge surge in new businesses opening in Hermiston Retail Park, a range of new stores have opened in the last 6 months, including B&Q, Poundland, Pets at Home, and Brantano. Some stores located near the road closure may suffer due to the decreased passing traffic, however, fully functioning and appropriate sewer facilities are essential to a safe operating location. Once work is complete the existing road will also be resurfaced.
Supermarket Aldi and Derwentside College are still accessible with the current road closure on Consett Front Street. Students and customers are advised to allow extra travel time to account for excess traffic and potential disruption. The closure itself is between the Derwentside College Entrance on Consett Front Street and Knitsley Lane, allowing for traffic to flow through the centre of Consett via that route.
Buses that usually use stops on the blocked road are being diverted around, via Consett bus station and Genesis Way. The bus stops have been temporarily changed to alternative locations, with the stops near Derwentside College and the Hermiston Retail Park relocated to Genesis Way, near Tesco.
For more information about disruptions to the existing bus services, new stops, and alternative timetables please visit this page on the SimplyGo website.