|From:||Harrowgate Hill (NZ294173)|
|To:||Little Burdon (NZ326163)|
|Distance:||2.1 miles (3.4 km)|
|Former Number(s):||B1256, A67|
|Route outline (key)|
The A1150 (formerly the B1256) is a fairly important road which acts as a northern bypass of Darlington. It is a primary route. Without the A1150, traffic from the north heading for the A66 and Teesside would have to trudge through the centre of Darlington and take either Yarm Road (the B6280 or Haughton Road (the B6279 / former A67) out to the A66, making these routes busier than they already are. The road doesn't really bypass all of Darlington, but instead cuts a swathe through the northern suburbs, and as a result can be very busy owing to carrying both local traffic as well as more medium-distance traffic.
Harrowgate Hill - Little Burdon
The A1150 starts at a roundabout junction with the A167 (the old A1), in Harrowgate Hill. This was improved recently with the re-alignment of the approaches and the installation of new puffin crossings on the A167 at both ends of the roundabout. However, these crossings are quite close to the roundabout and can cause it to snarl up at busy periods.
The road starts out eastwards as a fairly typical urban S2, as we leave the areas with more Victorian housing and head into the more modern suburbs. It passes over the East Coast Mainline and becomes a quite fast, wide S2, albeit adorned with another puffin crossing (which Darlington Council seem to love: they're constantly adding more or upgrading the existing lights) and a 30 limit.
After about half a mile we come to a mini-roundabout with Thompson Street, which will take you back to the A167 if you were in the wrong lane at the roundabout. We then proceed across another puffin crossing before coming to a fairly busy junction with Salters Lane South, a residential and traffic-calmed route which will take you up to Haughton Road, near its junction with McMillan Road, which will in turn take you towards the factories of Lingfield Point, the most notable one of those being Cleveland Bridge.
The A1150 then continues as a quite pleasant suburban S2 up to the junction with Whinbush Way, the only signalised junction on our route (and one of the only ones in Darlington which haven't been 'puffinised' yet). There is an ASDA store just off this junction too, which must have one of the smallest petrol station kiosks anywhere in the country!
After this junction, we the continue through the last remaining residential areas on our route before hitting the roundabout with Haughton Road (the B6279/former A67), from the town centre. From here, we cross the Skerne, still under a 30 limit, as an S2, before travelling through the quite pretty village of Great Burdon, before finally ridding ourselves of the clutches of Darlington and passing NSL signs and widening to a D2. Our road, though, comes to an end a short time later at a roundabout with the A66, underneath some electricity pylons. From here, you have a choice of either heading straight ahead along the A66 towards Teesside and the A19, or turning right and heading along the Darlington bypass, towards the big Morrisons store at Morton Park, the brick train sculpture, Darlington FC, and, eventually, Blackwell Bridge and the A66(M).