Appeal for speed limit cut

The National speed sign Sunderland Road, Horden.
The National speed sign Sunderland Road, Horden.

THE speed is set to be slashed on a stretch of road which has seen several people injured in a string of crashes.

The road, between Horden and Easington, is also close to the scene of two death smashes which saw a 22-year-old driver die and that also claimed the life of a 67-year-old pensioner.

Durham County Council is consulting on the plans after calls from concerned locals and Durham Police are also backing the move.

County councillor Paul Stradling has been campaigning for the speed reduction.

The stretch affected is on Sunderland Road, leaving Horden, just before the roundabout junction with Kilburn Drive and heading into Grants Houses.

The stretch is currently at the national speed limit of 60mph, but the plans will see the limit cut to 40mph.

Council chiefs say it comes after there were seven people injured in accidents, with two of those associated with inappropriate speed, in the past five years.

And Glenn Robinson, of Bridge Road, Shotton Colliery, died on February 11 last year further along the road. An inquest heard Mr Robinson, who was due to marry, was over the drink-drive limit and speeding without his headlights on when the fatal crash happened.

Horden’s Coun Stradling said: “I have had quite a lot of complaints about speeding in that area.

“I think a reduction in the speed limit will certainly help if people are coming out of Horden and Peterlee at 40mph instead of 60mph – they will be more aware of the pitfalls and problems in that particular area.”

Brian Buckley, Durham County Council’s strategic highways manager, said: “There have been a number of concerns raised about the speed limit on the approach to Grants Houses from Horden and the police have supported proposals for a reduction.

“We have received no objections to the change as a result of the consultations we have carried out so far, and we are now in the process of formally advertising the proposed change.

“If no objections are received at this stage, the change will be implemented as soon as is possible.

“In the event that we do receive any objections, the matter will need to be discussed at Highways Committee.”

Coun Stradling told the Star: “There have been quite a lot of accidents on that road and quite a few residents have asked for a reduction in the speed between Grants Houses and Horden.

“It has been approved by the highways department but is being consulted on.

“What the residents had been complaining about was people coming from Horden at 60mph and carrying on at that speed through Grants Houses. But if the speed is dropped there should be a big difference.”

Horden pensioner Alan Dunn, 67, of Cotsford Crescent, Horden, also died on the road, near to the start of the current 60mph limit, on Christmas Eve 2012, after being involved in a collision with a Nissan Micra.