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Preliminary works to pave the way for better links to Durham Railway Station for cyclists and pedestrians started on 1 February. The £800,000 project – which includes a £600,000 funding award from the Local Growth Fund – will see access improved to allow people to reach the station more easily via paths alongside the A691 (Framwellgate Peth).

With the station linking Durham City to the North East Main Line, the scheme will increase sustainable transport links as well improving access to key employment sites in Durham City and beyond, providing a boost to the local economy.

The improvements will see a new path constructed for bicycles and pedestrians on the north side, as well as a set of stairs. The existing footpath on the south side will be widened to accommodate cyclists as well.

To allow the main work to go ahead in the summer, preliminary work will take place for around four weeks, starting on Monday, 1 February. As well as some ground investigation work, this will involve the removal of trees around the intended sites for the new and expanded paths. Following completion of the project, new trees and wildflowers will be planted around the new layout.

Cllr Neil Foster, Durham City Council’s Cabinet member for economic regeneration and culture, said: “With Durham City the economic powerhouse for the county and the station being a key gateway to the rest of the country, we hope these improvements will benefit business, tourism and residents.”

“As well as making the station easier to access we also hope these improvements will encourage more people to reach it by walking or cycling meaning a double boost for healthier and more environmentally friendly travel. We’d like to thank the public for their patience while this work is carried out and the improvements are put in place.”

The works have been planned in conjunction with Virgin East Coast as the station operator.

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