Bradley surface mine highway improvement work extended to include potholes repairs

May 31, 2018 | Bradley News

Lewis Stokes, community relations manager, for Bradley surface mine, The Banks Group

A programme of work to make highway improvements around the new Bradley surface mine in County Durham is being extended to include the reconstruction of a few hundred yards of road where it is worn and the repair of potholes on the road outside of the site.

North East employer Banks Mining, working with its local subcontractors, is set to put a temporary traffic management system in place as part of the upgrading works required to provide access onto the Bradley site, which sits off the A692 between Leadgate and Dipton.

Durham headquartered, family firm, Raintons, who will be undertaking the road works on behalf of Banks Mining, have applied to Durham County Council for closure of the road at certain times.

A three-way traffic light system along the A692’s junction with the A693 will be in place to allow for a few hundred yards of tarmac work to be carried out for two days on Thursday 31 May and Friday 1 June. The traffic lights will be manned during peak times to ensure that traffic is able to flow as smoothly as possible. Evening road closures between the Jolly Drovers Pub roundabout and the junction for the A693 will also be introduced between 7pm and 6am for four nights from Monday 4 June 2018.

And as well creating a new right turn lane required for the mining project, the Banks team will be working on a few hundred yards’ section of the A692 which includes reconstructing the road and then resurfacing it following significant damage incurred over the years and by the recent harsh winter weather.

Banks Mining has now formally commenced mining operations at the Bradley surface mine and is upgrading the existing road  to the standard specified by Durham County Council to ensure that all vehicle movements onto and off the site can be carried out as safely as possible.

Lewis Stokes, community relations manager at The Banks Group, says: “The severe impact of the so called ‘Beast from the East’ and the rest of the winter weather on roads around the North East is all too obvious.

“It makes sense for us to carry out these additional roads repairs while we have the equipment and manpower in the local area, and we’re glad to be supporting Durham County Council’s drive to keep the county’s roads in the best possible condition.

“We have planned the highways work required around the Bradley project carefully in adherence with Durham County Council, and have put all possible measures in place to undertake it as quickly and efficiently as we can, so as to minimise disruption to local traffic.

Around 30 new jobs will be supported at the Bradley site when it is fully operational, along with others in the local supply chain.

Site operations are scheduled to run for between two and three years, with all on site activity complete in 2021. Restoration will include the creation of new woodland and a nature reserve area, as well as the return of some of the land to agricultural use.

The related community benefits fund, which will provide funding for support eligible local community improvement projects and initiatives, will go live in the coming months.

Lewis Stokes continues: “Substantial amounts of coal remain essential for a wide variety of important UK industrial processes, such as the manufacturing of cement and steel, while government projections state that it will continue to be an important part of the UK’s energy mix until at least 2025.

“The Banks Group has been creating highly-skilled and well-paid jobs in County Durham and around the North East for more than 40 years, and we are proud of the continuing contribution we are making to the sustainable success of the regional economy.”

Founded in Tow Law, County Durham in 1976, Banks Mining has operated and restored 112 surface mines across Scotland and northern England over the last four decades, and currently employs around 200 people at its Shotton and Brenkley Lane surface mines near Cramlington in Northumberland.

For further information on the Bradley surface mine project, please visit www.banksgroup.co.uk/projects/mining/bradley

It makes sense for us to carry out these additional roads repairs while we have the equipment and manpower in the local area, and we're glad to be supporting Durham County Council's drive to keep the county's roads in the best possible condition.

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