DRIVERS are being forewarned to expect delays throughout South West Durham for resurfacing works.

Durham County Council is set to carry out the work at Coundon, Winston and Shildon over the coming weeks.

The work at Coundon will run from Saturday 6 to Monday, January 15 and involves the resurfacing of the B6287 in two phases.

The first will see the closure of Wharton Street from January 6 to 10, with a diversion in place via Collingwood Street and Victoria Lane.

Phase two will see the closure of Leeholme Road from January 11 to 15, with a diversion in place via Victoria Lane, Collingwood Street, Tees Walk and Eden Terrace. Access for residents will be available via Low Road.

Winston Bridge, on the B6274 , is currently closed until February 11 while repairs are carried out to masonry and the bridge’s road and footpaths resurfaced.

During the closure, a diversion will be in place via the A67, B6275, A1(M) and A66, rejoining the B6274.

Further road resurfacing will take place on the B6282 Auckland Terrace at Shildon from Monday, January 22 to Sunday, February 4 and diversions will be in place.

John Reed, the council’s head of technical services, said: “These schemes are part of our ongoing capital programme to maintain roads across the county.

“We appreciate there will be some disruption for motorists but we have planned the works to keep this to a minimum. I’d like to thank motorists in advance for their patience and understanding while these works are carried out.”