Queuing bumper to bumper in the rush-hour traffic has become the norm for commuters travelling north-bound into Middlesbrough . The council says major roadworks, which commence Monday, are the only way to improve the flow but critics say the £1.7m works are a waste of time. With no viable alternative left on the table, here's how we got to this point - a brief history of the Marton Crawl . What is the Marton Crawl? The drive into Middlesbrough via Dixons Bank, Stokesley Road and Marton Road is one of the main arterial routes into town. For the southern Middlesbrough suburbs of Marton and Nunthorpe , as well as smaller towns and villages like Guisborough , Stokesley and Great Ayton , it also remains the most direct route into town. At quiet times, the car journey into Middlesbrough town centre from Dixons Bank in Nunthorpe can take as little as 15 minutes. But during rush-hour, north-bound traffic coming from out of town converges with commuters from Nunthorpe, Marton and … [Read more...] about 7 months work to begin on Marton Crawl…but how did we get here?
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The Marton Crawl could come to a complete stall as major works mean delays are "likely" until October. The controversial scheme to widen Dixons Bank in Nunthorpe begins on Monday next week - and work won't be finished until Halloween decorations are back in the shops. Motorists have been told to expect delays from 7am to 7pm, Monday to Friday, every week for seven months once the works begin. The £1.7m scheme will see Dixons Bank widened at the Southern Cross junction. It is hoped that this will allow north-bound traffic into Middlesbrough to take an alternative route - left onto Stainton Way - instead of travelling straight ahead onto Marton Road - causing the so-called Marton Crawl. But Jon Rathmell, independent councillor for Nunthorpe, said the works would slow the Marton crawl to a complete standstill, with no guarantee of success. "The proposed work is going to turn the Marton crawl in to the Marton stall for what benefits?" he said. "Absolutely none, we’ve been … [Read more...] about Marton Crawl could be Marton Stall as major roadworks loom closer
The Nunthorpe and Marton Knitters very rarely put their needles down - whether it's "yarn bombing" stations or knitting teddies for traumatised kids. And the group doesn't only produce excellent results from their efforts, but also a sense of community spirit and the fact everyone - young or old - is welcome to join in. Brenda Thompson, who helped to set up the group, said: "We do knitting for the community, we do it for good causes. "We knit toys for the Police and Crime Commissioner - trauma toys which police can keep in the back of their car and give to children who have been in accidents. "We make worry monsters for local schools, which have a pocket where children can write down their worries without saying them out loud. "We knit for care bags at the James Cook University Hospital." Brenda added in total they have knitted around 350 toys - and she currently has bags waiting to be donated. Most recently, the group have knitted 50 hedgehogs and a huge poppy display in Nunthorpe. … [Read more...] about Care bags, trauma teddies and worry monsters
Three huge homes have been granted planning permission on a rural lane despite opposition from the area’s only current resident. Planning permission has been granted for each of the four, five and six-bedroom houses on land just off Brass Castle Lane. The top end homes each sport large plots of land - the biggest described as gigantic by a planning officer - multiple bedrooms and triple garages. Despite the size of the homes, planning officers said plans had been altered to fit in with the rural landscape. Votes were split at Middlesbrough Council’s Planning and Development Committee on Friday after members heard the concerns of Gail George who lives at Green Willows - a house which the new development will be built around. Her words were spoken by Cllr Chris Hobson, Conservative councillor for Marton West. She said: “I had thought, somewhat naively, that since the matter had been to the Secretary of State for outline planning permission for six small properties, … [Read more...] about Mansions’ triple garages and glazing will only ‘please window cleaner’
A parish council has joined calls for Middlesbrough Council to rethink its ‘Marton Crawl’ road-widening scheme at Dixons Bank. Nunthorpe Parish Council met on Wednesday night to discuss residents’ concerns and objections to the council’s plan to re-jig the Southern Cross junction’ at Dixons Bank and Stainton Way. On July 10, the council’s Executive approved the £1.7m plans as part of a wider scheme to ease the notorious ‘Marton Crawl’ and improve traffic flow across the town. But the decision proved controversial, with Nunthorpe Parish Council’s Ken Tomlinson saying it had been made in the face of “overwhelming local opposition”. On August 2, opposition councillors tried to have the decision sent back to the Executive, but were ultimately unsuccessful. Then on August 10, an extraordinary meeting of Middlesbrough Council was announced after opposition councillors submitted a letter to the council’s monitoring … [Read more...] about Parish Council adds to calls for rethink of ‘Marton Crawl’ scheme