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People walking, jogging and cycling on the pavements of Durham Road and Station Road in Sedgefield cannot pass each other with 2 m of separation without moving into the roads. Given the size of peripheral housing estates, the return of children to schools, the road traffic being far too intimidating for child cyclists and the current pandemic requirements, some urgent changes to road configuration are required. Is there any prospect of "pop up' temporary road lane closures to convert Durham Road (from the Bolams roundabout) and Station Road into single lane one way routes into and out of the village. The other carriageways could then be reserved for cyclists and pedestrians. Road traffic would have the minor inconvenience of using the bypass to access the relevant route into or out of the village, but there would be significant benefits for people accessing the village on foot or by bike, not least of which would be the ability to pass each other without moving out into the road traffic to ensure separation. Please take the current opportunity to trial this on a temporary basis, to gauge public opinion, after all it should only take some deployment of signs and cones (such as those used today to protect workers on the A689) and may represent a long term solution to the degenerating traffic conditions in Sedgefield.

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