Find out the roads across Hartlepool that are set to become 20mph zones

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MOTORISTS will be urged to put on the brakes after councillors passed proposals for new 20mph zones across Hartlepool.

Three new schemes will be brought in at a total cost of £2,750 after requests from residents and ward councillors.

Hartlepool Borough Council hope the new speed limits will improve road safety.

The first scheme will be in Loyalty Road, Hartlepool, including Frensham Drive and Burnaby Drive, at a cost of £750.

New 20mph signs will be put up at both entrances to the area, with additional smaller signage installed within the zone itself.

A consultation was carried out in August after requests for action from residents through ward councillors.

Out of 80 replies, 71 supported the scheme, with nine replies against it.

Another 20mph will be introduced in Studland Drive area in King Oswy, Hartlepool, following calls from ward councillors.

The £1,000 restriction scheme will cover roads accessed from Bournemouth and Weymouth Drive.

A report by Alastair Smith, assistant director of neighbourhoods, stated: “Concerns had been expressed about speeding motorists, particularly on Sandbanks Drive and Studland Drive.

“The scheme would improve road safety and encourage slower speeds throughout the area.”

A total of 190 letters were sent to residents in a consultation but less than half, 73, replied.

The majority of people were in favour with 11 replies against.

The final scheme will see the reduction of a 30mph zone to 20mph in eight roads in Seaton Carew.

They are in Bilsdale Road, Commondale Drive, Egton Drive, Goathland Drive, Kildale Grove, Lingdale Drive, Roxby Close and Westerdale Road.

The vast majority of residents, 91 per cent, who responded to a consultation supported the £1,000 initiative.

But several expressed concerns about how it would be enforced.

A report added: “Some are also of the opinion that although not all drivers will observe the new speed restriction, they may (possibly) reduce their speeds to below 30mph.”

The schemes will be funded through the council’s Local Transport Plan.