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Durham University

University and City: Growing together

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Helping everyone get around the University safely

(7 November 2019)

A visualisation of the new route past Grey College

We want to do everything we can to ensure that pedestrians, cyclists and motorists can get around the University safely. So we’re very pleased that work will soon begin on our £8 million Infrastructure Improvements project.

We understand that at the moment, at certain times of day, certain areas of the University site can become very busy.

So we’re investing over £8 million to improve existing cycle and footpaths, create new ones and develop a new car park on site. Further details can be found on the project web page.

Proposals shaped by your views

We first shared our proposals with University staff and students and local residents in spring 2018, and we took all comments on board as we shaped the project.

For example, we’ve scheduled the work to fit best around the busiest times of year, such as exam periods and City events.

We successfully obtained planning permission from Durham County Council in summer 2019, and are looking forward to work starting on site in late November.

Sustainability, accessibility and biodiversity

We hope that these improvements will enable more of our staff and students to choose sustainable travel options.

We’ve worked hard to ensure as many people as possible can use the new and improved routes, so will include accessibility features wherever possible.

We’re pleased that the project will support the environment, with improvements for biodiversity and nature conservation.

To help everyone navigate the new and improved routes, signs will be installed where necessary.

The new car park will mitigate the removal of parking spaces elsewhere on the University site. It will be at Upper Mountjoy to support efforts to reduce congestion and air pollution closer to the city centre.

Keeping in touch

We’ll be sharing updates via the project web page. If you have specific enquiries, please contact David Lynn, Project Manager for our contractor Colas, via: