New Elvet Bridge Closure

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Durham County Council have now posted details of the effect that the works will have on bus services:

It is worth mentioning that a Bus gate will be installed from the Quarryheads lane roundabout to the Margery Lane/A690/Crossgate traffic lights.

Arriva North East services 6, 56, 57, 57a, 58 and X12 (and the Scarlet Band 57X):
Will divert via Quarryheads Lane, Margery Lane, and the A690 between Whitechurch (the South Road/Stockton Road crossroads) and Durham Bus Station. As such stops on Church Street, New Elvet and Leazes Road will be omitted, in addition, southbound journeys will now operate via North Road omitting Millburngate. As a partial replacement, some existing (presently unused) bus stops at the eastern end of Quarryheads lane (near the above mentioned crossroads) will now be served. There will be no timetable changes for these services (only route changes). 

Go North East services 40B, N21 and 59:
The 40B (when it resumes operation) will run to a revised timetable operating directly between the Rail Station and University Mountjoy centre serving stops at Quarryheads Lane and Stockton Road (and thus presumably omitting North Road/Bus Station). At present there are no details as to how the N21 and 59 will be affected. The N21 will presumably run to the same diversion as ANE's service 6 (as described above) when it returns, as for the 59, it will be interesting to see whether the service runs via Whinney Hill and Church Street to join Quarryheads Lane or if Whinney Hill will be omitted. 

Scarlet Band services S1 and PR2:
Service S1 will divert from Claypath direct via the A690, Margery Lane to Quarryheads Lane where it will rejoin the route at South Road, omitting stops on Church Street and New Elvet. Due to the extent of the diversion this service will have a revised timetable. 

Service PR2 is being reinstated from the 20th July, at which point it will serve all stops between Howlands Park and Ride and New Elvet before extending to serve Old Elvet, where it will terminate, thus allowing vehicles to turnaround near the Crown Court. In essence the PR2 will act as a sort of temporary shuttle bus running down Church Street and New Elvet to replace the services temporarily withdrawn from those stops.
The works being carried out on New Elvet Bridge in Durham are expected to be completed next Friday (October 22nd 2021):
https://www.durham.gov.uk/newelvet
I'm not sure whether to be relieved or to dread the traffic coming through Durham again that would have avoided it.