Wrecking of Dixons Bank and Stainton Way - for what?
As you drive north into Middlesbrough on the A172, you leave beautiful open countryside and enter the semi-urban road, Dixons Bank. This gently descending road presents a tree-line vista which provides a gentle transition into the urban district of Marton and onwards to Middlesbrough centre. The view down Dixons Bank is a pleasant and leafy one, spoiled only at the final approach to the Stainton Way junction, by the traffic light abomination that replaced the flower planted roundabout. Middlesbrough Council’s A172 Dixons Bank / Stainton Way Highway Improvement Scheme will destroy this leafy vista through the construction of an additional northbound approach to the junction. The stated aim of this proposal is to ‘encourage’ commuters to filter left at the junction instead of heading straight on through Marton and in doing so, help alleviate the so called ‘Marton Crawl’. A similar two-lane approach to the junction heading East on Stainton Way to improve access to the junction also forms part of the proposal. However, this proposal is a sticking plaster approach to infrastructure planning and the benefits of this £1.7m+ project are, as yet, totally unsubstantiated by the council.
Middlesbrough Council should work constructively with local residents
Aims of this website As a local resident of South Middlesbrough, this website is dedicated to keeping you up-to-date with the Council’s plans to address the infrastructure issues in the area. Neither Middlesbrough or Redcar & Cleveland Councils have done enough to balance the huge house building programmes in the south Middlesbrough area with a fit for purpose road infrastructure. Furthermore, by granting planning permission for house building at Swans Corner roundabout, the access point for the East Middlesbrough By-pass the councils have closed off the ideal route for a long-term solution.