STOCKTON Council’s programme of investment in Billingham is continuing as improvements to help people travel around the town quickly and more easily start next month.


The Billingham Causeway improvement scheme, which is part of the £60 million Tees Valley Bus Network Improvement project, will improve bus access and journey times into and around the town helping people access the town’s new and improved facilities.


The scheme will see bus stops created outside ASDA and John Whitehead Park and improvements will also be made to the existing pelican crossing outside John Whitehead Park. A new puffin crossing near Rothbury Street will help pedestrians cross in safety.


The project will also see lay-bys for disabled parking created outside the front of John Whitehead Park and the existing taxi rank outside the former Billingham Arms extended.


Work will start on site on Monday 2 March and will last approximately 12 weeks.


This scheme is part of Stockton Council’s ongoing multi million pound regeneration of Billingham Town Centre. In January a new state-of-the-art £2.7million library and customer service centre opened.  Plans for a new Aldi store on the Billingham Arms site have now been approved and it is expected the store will open in 2016.


Councillor Mike Smith, Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, said: “The face of Billingham is continuing to change with new and improved facilities such as the library and customer service centre, Forum and John Whitehead Park. We want people to be able to travel around Billingham and access these facilities easily. The new road improvements will help make bus journeys smoother and quicker and we hope this will bring more people into town as well as encouraging more people to choose public transport as an accessible, convenient and economical way to travel.”