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Title: Thinford roundabout nearly completed cost £8 million quid explain ?
Post by: CLANSMAN on Jul 19, 2012, 00:23
As I write late into the night,  from a diverson to get home  the final layers of tarmac are been laid overnight on Thinford roundabout
Two years in the making and £8 million pounds spent ?

Can this be true ?     is there any improvement ?     time will tell

I can see its bigger,   but is it any better ?

Thought it was going to be a lot better layout than whats happened   
Filter lanes ?  traffic lights ?

And that Meadowfield access road ?   no left turn  no right turn  allegedly !!   surprised coppers havent got a CCTV cash cow camera on that yet  clawing some money back to pay for it with motorists penalty fines !!

Title: Re: Thinford roundabout nearly completed cost £8 million quid explain ?
Post by: flooky on Jul 20, 2012, 15:27
I wish they would get the tarmac laid and sorted quickly, the rutted roads when they have stripped the top layer gets "interesting" on a motorcycle .............. and when they redo the road surfaces with the small grit in a thin layer of tar then leave it to vehicles to "bed in" that is highly dangerous to two wheeled vehicles, as bad as coming across diesel spills.

Has anyone seen the final plans for this, is there going to be lights on it or just a different shaped roundabout?
Title: Re: Thinford roundabout nearly completed cost £8 million quid explain ?
Post by: mike on Jul 20, 2012, 16:48
This plan is on their website....

http://www.durhamgate.com/durhamgate-plan.asp
Title: Re: Thinford roundabout nearly completed cost £8 million quid explain ?
Post by: flooky on Jul 20, 2012, 17:06
Thanks Mike

I can see problems straight away with those plans, if there is no lights controlling it.

I can see someone coming from Metal Bridge direction wanting to turn left towards Ferryhill, not looking properly to see what is coming from Croxdale direction wanting to go straight on towards Ferryhill, and pulling out in front of them.
They appear to have made this a bit of a funny angle onto the roundabout as though they planned it as a filter lane rather then changed their minds and forgot to alter the shape of the road entering the roundabout.

I will reserve further judgement on it until it has been fully completed and see what happens.
Title: Re: Thinford roundabout nearly completed cost £8 million quid explain ?
Post by: CLANSMAN on Jul 29, 2012, 08:50
I heard that the Petrol stations next to Maccy D is coming down shortly for next stage development , soon as the roundabout is done  ?

Surely a long filter lane would have been better  heading to Ferryhill

Probably move Maccy D  to remove some conjestion too

I am very suprised that there has never been any thought into making a bypass off Croxdale roundabout over the fields direct to Bowburn / Motorway ?       


Title: Re: Thinford roundabout nearly completed cost £8 million quid explain ?
Post by: CLANSMAN on Aug 19, 2012, 10:15
Looks as if the planners read this forum ?  :mrgreen:

Looking like the erection of traffic lights soon

This is going to be the roundabout from Hell  -  sorry   authourised by DCC

Last week Testos roundabout lights went off and radio reports of expect slow traffic
When I got there about 5 minutes later fearing the tailbacks ...  straight round no worries best ever

Title: Re: Thinford roundabout nearly completed cost £8 million quid explain ?
Post by: PR-40 on Aug 19, 2012, 12:58
It sounds like absolute chaos.I remember Thinford from years ago when I lived in the north-east,thats when that road was the old A1.
You say you are waiting for the council to erect traffic lights, I hope the council are quicker at doing things than they used to be.Years ago you would wait forever for them to get an erection.Good luck.
Title: Re: Thinford roundabout nearly completed cost £8 million quid explain ?
Post by: CLANSMAN on Aug 22, 2012, 18:33
Not even open yet and its been vandalised !!

Some idiots have been daubing white paint on the floor  writing names and drawing spear heads everywhere

Going to be chaos when those cones get moved

Whose bright idea was to put a pedestrian barrier on the islands  give that a week

Looks like Durham Gate is going to be busy  TWO dedicated lanes   WOW !

Time will tell ?
Title: Re: Thinford roundabout nearly completed cost £8 million quid explain ?
Post by: Big Al on Aug 23, 2012, 09:22
Maybe just some well meaning idiot trying to get it completed quicker  :wallbash:
Title: Re: Thinford roundabout nearly completed cost £8 million quid explain ?
Post by: CLANSMAN on Aug 27, 2012, 20:51
I heard the other day it was behind schedule and think penalty clause payments may be due ?

How true it is I dont know

Because if it was the case  there would be men on there finishing it off day and night ASAP
Title: Re: Thinford roundabout nearly completed cost £8 million quid explain ?
Post by: CLANSMAN on Sep 03, 2012, 17:50
Coming home today

WOW    lots of activity here today

Lots of confusion as well ,   workers had set a slalom course for us drivers lane changes direction changes restricted access  coned off    bet there was some honking of horns today

Wonder if Princess Anne is going to stay to open it up ?

Title: Re: Thinford roundabout nearly completed cost £8 million quid explain ?
Post by: Legend on Oct 16, 2012, 11:42
Has anyone heard anything about which commercial companies are moving onto the site? The Durham Gate website mentions up to 3,000 jobs. I wonder who will be offering these jobs?
Title: Re: Thinford roundabout nearly completed cost £8 million quid explain ?
Post by: tilerman on Oct 16, 2012, 22:57
Dont pass that way often but even I'm sick of still being worked on.
Title: Re: Thinford roundabout nearly completed cost £8 million quid explain ?
Post by: Credo on Oct 17, 2012, 06:22
is it only me that thinks putting lights on  roundabout defeats the object of a roundabout. A roundabout is placed on junctions to control the flow of traffic so why then if people follow the rules of a roundabout do we need lights on as well. The roundabouts at the A1M junction in Chester le Street and the A690/A19 junction are prime examples of why not, on a number of occasions at both areas I have been sat held by the lights with NO traffic coming from my right so I could in theor. have gone if the lights had not been there 

Title: Re: Thinford roundabout nearly completed cost £8 million quid explain ?
Post by: mike on Oct 17, 2012, 06:30
Why put traffic lights up for pedestrians now. 1000's of Black and Decker workers have managed for the  last 50 years. Do you think it has aythng to do with the dozens of Council workets that work in the new Building?
Title: Re: Thinford roundabout nearly completed cost £8 million quid explain ?
Post by: mike on Oct 17, 2012, 06:37
I also walk past here twice a day and its been around 2 weeks since i last saw a workman. Also the traffic lights have been there a month and.they still
 dont.work.
Title: Re: Thinford roundabout nearly completed cost £8 million quid explain ?
Post by: Durham Forum on Oct 17, 2012, 08:46
The amount of time it's taking is laughable really. I know it's been made more difficult because of traffic, but you can hardly say that people have been working around the clock to finish it. Every time we pass through, no-one appears to be working at all. The cones have just made it worse, and the layout just looks and feels wrong to me. Is there anyone around who has worked on it that could maybe comment?
Title: Re: Thinford roundabout nearly completed cost £8 million quid explain ?
Post by: flooky on Oct 23, 2012, 11:56
I nearly had a heart attack last night.

After having a weeks holiday last week, I travelled back from work last night via Thinford .......


...... and they have only took the bl&&dy cones away and got the lights installed and working  :shock:

.... just wondering when the first accident will be OR more likely, the first case of road rage when two vehicles heading the same way find the lanes go from two into one.  :roll:
Title: Re: Thinford roundabout nearly completed cost £8 million quid explain ?
Post by: Durham Forum on Oct 23, 2012, 12:43
Another thing - it seems the directions as to which lane you need to be in are written on the road (not unique to Thinford I know), but as the lanes will spend most of the time obscured by traffic, how are people supposed to know which lane goes where? It all seems vastly over complicated to me.
Title: Re: Thinford roundabout nearly completed cost £8 million quid explain ?
Post by: mike on Oct 23, 2012, 20:04
The first accident involving 2 cars was this morning at around 9 am. No-one hurt.   :wallbash:  I can see the roundabout from my work...
Title: Re: Thinford roundabout nearly completed cost £8 million quid explain ?
Post by: Durham Forum on Oct 24, 2012, 07:54
Are you in the Livin office block then mike? Keep us informed of any other incidents.
Title: Re: Thinford roundabout nearly completed cost £8 million quid explain ?
Post by: mike on Oct 24, 2012, 12:05
No, not in there. Will keep you informed though.

Title: Re: Thinford roundabout nearly completed cost £8 million quid explain ?
Post by: mike on Nov 06, 2012, 21:31
I went to work yesterday and noticed the Thinford Inn was boarded up. The rumour is that it is going to be a Toby Carvery. Also there is planning permission notice up outside McDonald's, stating that the 2 garages are to be demolished and presumably rebuilt?. The notice also reads a new fast food outlet which i have heard is a KFC.
Title: Re: Thinford roundabout nearly completed cost £8 million quid explain ?
Post by: tilerman on Nov 06, 2012, 21:39
A plus side to all this upheaval is it only took me a few minutes to get out of the thinford inn road in rush hour yesterday. usually 20 mins plus
Title: Re: Thinford roundabout nearly completed cost £8 million quid explain ?
Post by: flooky on Nov 28, 2012, 12:39
The Thinford Inn is in the business section of the Northern Echo today as up for sale with an "Open to Offers" price on the seller agents website.
Title: Re: Thinford roundabout nearly completed cost £8 million quid explain ?
Post by: Big Al on Nov 28, 2012, 14:50
Someone could open it as a hotel to cater for motorists who cannot get off the roundabout :>)
Title: Re: Thinford roundabout nearly completed cost £8 million quid explain ?
Post by: flooky on Dec 18, 2012, 17:07
I hope it is not long before they review the lights timing and road layout on this roundabout.

Travelling back from work last week and it let 4 vehicles at a time through from Durham way heading south towards Ferryhill, then let around 30 or more to come around the roundabout, sitting for while on green for them when there waas nothing coming around from Spenny way or turning right from Ferryhill, before letting another 4 vehicles through from Durham way. It took 4 lights changes before getting through them.

Also they have 2 lanes heading north from the roundabout restricting those heading south onto the roundabout only 1 lane until you get close up to it which then turns into 4 lanes, why not have one lane off the roundabout and two lanes from Durham onto it splitting into four. It means there is long queues of traffic, some wanting to turn right but cannot get into their empty lanes because of the traffic coming the other way.
Title: Re: Thinford roundabout nearly completed cost £8 million quid explain ?
Post by: flooky on Apr 12, 2013, 09:57
Roadworks for flagship Durham Gate scheme £5m over budget (From The Northern (http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/10349985.Roadworks_for_flagship_Durham_Gate_scheme___5m_over_budget/)

Well what do you know, a little over budget and time ... would never have guessed.  :roll:

I like the last bit on there

"There has been some interest from businesses in moving onto the site but, in the current economic climate, it is thought it could be ten years before the development is fully occupied. "

The way it is going it will be 10 years before they get another company to join Livin there, never mind filling the site.
Title: Re: Thinford roundabout nearly completed cost £8 million quid explain ?
Post by: Big Al on Apr 12, 2013, 11:21
What a surprise? According to my ISP Provider most of the problems Hett village is having with Broadband access is as a result of the Coach and Horses Roundabout construction. Apparently, they stretched the cable which is worse than an actual break. Thanks guys for a job well done. :)
Title: Re: Thinford roundabout nearly completed cost £8 million quid explain ?
Post by: mike on Sep 12, 2013, 06:20
After nearly 2 years, the road from the Thinford roundabout into Durhamgate through to Enterprise Way is due to open tomorrow! Let us see if it helps the traffic flow now.  :? :?
Title: Re: Thinford roundabout nearly completed cost £8 million quid explain ?
Post by: Durham Forum on Sep 13, 2013, 09:23
I'll be heading to Durham tonight, so let's see what difference it makes.
Title: Re: Thinford roundabout nearly completed cost £8 million quid explain ?
Post by: mike on Sep 13, 2013, 19:18
Still not open, they have re-surfaced yesterday but no action. It was the workmen who told me it was meant to be open today, more delays again.  :roll: :roll:
Title: Re: Thinford roundabout nearly completed cost £8 million quid explain ?
Post by: Durham Forum on Sep 21, 2013, 13:12
Is there anywhere to go on that road though?
Title: Re: Thinford roundabout nearly completed cost £8 million quid explain ?
Post by: mike on Sep 21, 2013, 15:41
It takes you into Enterprise Way on the industrial estate and to The Fox Cub and Green lane.
Title: Re: Thinford roundabout nearly completed cost £8 million quid explain ?
Post by: Durham Forum on Sep 22, 2013, 10:32
Ah, so there's no need to turn left to Spennymoor then double back at the first roundabout to get to the pub? That'll please the manager :-)
Title: Re: Thinford roundabout nearly completed cost £8 million quid explain ?
Post by: Legend on Jul 16, 2014, 20:57
We now learn that Northern Gas Works are going to dig up/restrict parts of the new roundabout to renew old gas pipes, starting 19th July for 6 weeks. The work will close the road between Thinford and Metal Bridge, causing diversion of traffic through Ferryhill and down Wood Lane to access the Bowburn motorway junction.
Title: Re: Thinford roundabout nearly completed cost £8 million quid explain ?
Post by: Legend on Aug 25, 2016, 08:38
Anyone know how many accidents there have been so far? The one with the biker whose bike burst into flames is probably the most well known, but there must have been loads of others
Title: Re: Thinford roundabout nearly completed cost £8 million quid explain ?
Post by: Ettaariane on Sep 10, 2016, 02:49
It is a stupid roundabout and waiting for accidents to happen. It is badly designed, a complete waste of money and everytime I have driven round it I wonder what sort of brainwork kicked this blueprint out. Still, I expect it justifies £8m costs as everything that is a nonsensical rarity seems to be valued at ridiculously inexplicable amounts of dosh. A brilliant way, NOT, to spend our taxes and how much for the royal visit to open the disaster area?
Title: Re: Thinford roundabout nearly completed cost £8 million quid explain ?
Post by: Legend on Feb 08, 2017, 07:49
Now we have the Metal Bridge road shut for 3 months for 'road widening' and DCC have had to shut the Sunderland Bridge to Hett road because they didn't previously think hard enough about where people would go to avoid Thinford and get to where they need to be.  :cry: