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Durham University

Accommodation & Estates Developments

Infrastructure improvements

Proposed new route, past Botanic Garden

Status: Planning application approved

Work due to begin: For phase one: autumn 2019. For phase two: autumn 2020.

Work due to be completed: For phase one: summer 2020. For phase two: spring 2021.

Cost: £8.23 million

Partners: Summers Inman, Arup, DPP

Brief: Develop infrastructure to support the safe movement of pedestrians and road users around the University estate

Project sponsor: David Loudon

Operational lead: Simon Barugh, Arup

Estates and Facilities lead: Iain Ramage

The proposed South Road/Hollingside Lane hub

More information:


As part of the Durham University Strategy, 2017-2027, academic programmes and Colleges have been relocated from Queen’s Campus in Stockton to Durham City, student numbers are growing to a maximum of 21,500 by 2027, and new College facilities are being developed on the Mount Oswald site.

We are aware of pressure on pedestrian and road user movement around our sites, and the safety of our staff, students, visitors, and the public is a top priority for us.


To facilitate improved movement, we will create a new pedestrian and cycle route to the east of South Road, between the Mount Oswald site and the Whitechurch (formerly New Inn) junction; a second vehicular entrance to the Mountjoy site via Hollingside Lane; and a new car park at Upper Mountjoy, which will replace some of the loss of existing parking spaces at other University sites under consideration for development. There will be an overall reduction in overall car park spaces over the Strategy period.


The works will be carried out in two phases. Phase one will include the creation of the new pedestrian and cycle route to the east of South Road on University land through the grounds of Grey College and improvements to existing paths; the relocation of the pedestrian crossing lights between Hollingside Lane and Elvet Hill Road; and an enhanced entrance to Hollingside Lane from South Road. Phase two will include the creation of a new link road and car park at Upper Mountjoy, accessed from Hollingside Lane; and the installation of traffic signals at the junction of South Road and Hollingside Lane.

Linked works

Durham County Council is proposing to upgrade crossing facilities at the Whitechurch (formerly New Inn) junction and improve pedestrian routes along Church Street. These works do not form part of this project. They are currently planned for summer 2020.


We consulted on these proposals during April and May 2018. We were granted planning permission by Durham County Council in July 2019 and hope to begin work on site in autumn 2019.