Project Pipeline: County Durham and Tees Valley

This work will boost the resilience of supply links between our reservoirs and treatment works in Teesdale, and parts of central and southern County Durham. Our investment will increase reliability, reduce leakage and provide high quality drinking water for customers for decades to come. This phase of the project - Phase 1 - will construct a new replacement pipeline from Lartington Water Treatment Works to Gainford and a new strategic transfer main between Whorley Hill SR and Shildon SR.

Update by Karen Alexander

Good afternoon,

We’re continuing with our preparation work along the pipeline route, and we’ve arranged a short-term road closure in conjunction with Durham County Council in the coming weeks.

The road closure will be on B6277 north of the junction to Naby Lane from Tuesday 28th May 2024 to Wednesday 5th June 2024. 

An official diversion has been agreed and signage has been placed on the roadside to direct drivers.  An illustration of the diversion route is given below, with the closure point marked with a ‘red star’.  It is important that large vehicles follow this official diversion route, as other smaller lanes around the villages of Lartington and Cotherstone that may also potentially avoid the closure, are not suitable for HGVs.

There will be an impact on public transport as a result of the road closure.  Some bus stops in Lartington and Cotherstone will be without a normal service for the number 95 and 96 Weardale buses for the duration of the B6277 road closure, starting from Tuesday 28 May

To minimise any inconvenience for the local community we have arranged for a temporary shuttle bus service to operate during the period of the closure.  Durham County Council will put notices on all affected bus stops informing passengers of the temporary arrangement, this will happen the week before the closure. 

Weardale Travel will also put notices and posters on the number 95 and 96 buses and advertise this change on their Facebook page and website: Weardale Travel (weardale-travel.co.uk).  We are advising passengers to check this information prior to travel. 

With all construction projects, unexpected delays can sometimes occur. Please be assured that we’re working closely with our partners to do all we can to minimise any disruption for you and your community throughout the work.  We’ll be working as quickly and as safely as possible and thank people for their patience while this essential work is happening. 

Typical working hours will be between 7.30am – 6.00pm, Monday to Friday and 8.00am – 2.00pm on a Saturday.

If you’d like to speak to a member of our project team, you can telephone our customer contact centre on 0345 717 1100 or tweet us on @nwater_care and we will be very happy to help you.


Kind regards

Karen Alexander

Farrans’ Stakeholder and Social Value Co-ordinator


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