Durham’s newest road has been inaugurated by Durham’s newest driver, 17-year-old Dan Curry.
Dan, who lives in Spennymoor and only passed his test a few days ago, was selected from new drivers in County Durham to mark the completion of a highways project at County Durham’s leading regeneration project, DurhamGate.
As part of the regeneration of the site a new road system has been introduced to connect key housing and commercial areas of DurhamGate to the surrounding existing road network.
Dan, who works for Aspect Joinery, inaugurated the roads, which includes the DurhamGate Boulevard, Eve Lane and Arlington Way, by driving a brand-new 63 plate Citroen DS3 Cabriolet provided by Croxdale Motor Group.
He also acted a chauffeur to Councillor Neil Foster, Durham County Council’s Cabinet Portfolio holder for Regeneration and Economic Development, who was given a tour of the new highways.
To find a new driver, DurhamGate contacted local driving schools to search for new drivers. Dan was selected from those put forward by local instructors not only winning an iPod Touch, but also a Pass Plus driving course.
Pass Plus is a practical training course, which is designed to help drivers improve their skills and drive more safely. Dan will take the course with his instructor Geoff Ross from Geoff’s Driving Instruction, who helped him pass his test.
The completion of the highways is an important milestone in the creation of DurhamGate and the regeneration of the local area. Created through a partnership between Carillion Developments, part of Carillion plc, and regional property business, Arlington Real Estate, DurhamGate has already attracted in excess of £45million of committed investment.
It is already home to businesses employing a combined workforce of more than 1,000. In addition, DurhamGate is becoming a popular place to live with more than 60 percent of the new homes built at DurhamGate by developers including Yuill Homes and Taylor Wimpey now sold and occupied.
Dan Curry said: “I didn’t expect this to be one of the first things I did when I passed my driving test, but I am very proud to have been chosen. I really appreciate being presented with the Pass Plus course too, which will help me with my driving skills, which I’ll put to good use when I drive around the area, and of course, through DurhamGate, in the future!”
Allan Cook, Director of Arlington Real Estate, said: “We are grateful to Dan and Councillor Foster for marking the completion of the highways at DurhamGate. The new roads are an important element of the regeneration of this area and this was a great way to highlight the impact DurhamGate will have on the local area in the future. We are creating a new and vibrant community here, which will be a great place to live and work.”
Cllr Neil Foster said: “I was delighted to be asked to help inaugurate the new highways at DurhamGate. This development is very important to the County and our plans to enhance business investment and housing stock for local people. Dan did an excellent job driving me around DurhamGate, he was very confident and it was a smooth ride.”
Kevin Parkinson, Group Director at Croxdale Motor Group, said: “We were more than happy to provide a brand new car for this inauguration. DurhamGate is a landmark development, which is attracting interest to this area helping neighbouring businesses such as ourselves.”
Pictured right are DurhamGate Concierge Manager Helen Attley, Dan Curry and Cllr Neil Foster inaugurating the new roads at DurhamGate.