New 20mph zones set for Hartlepool schools after safety fears

Torbay Grove, Hartlepool where speed humphs are to be installed. Picture by FRANK REID
Torbay Grove, Hartlepool where speed humphs are to be installed. Picture by FRANK REID

New 20mph speed restrictions and other measures are set to be installed close to two Hartlepool primary schools in response to safety worries.

Residents living near Throston Primary School and St Cuthbert’s RC Primary School flagged up concerns about the speed of traffic and fears children could be injured.

The proposed scheme will help improve road safety on the approaches to Throston Primary School

Alastair Smith, Hartlepool Borough Council

Road chiefs at Hartlepool Borough Council are set to carry out work after councillors agreed two new schemes. Traffic worries were raised about the speed of vehicles on Throston Primary School’s two main approach roads of Torbay Grove and Anglesey Grove.

New 20mph speed limits will be created in both roads plus four road humps on Torbay Grove, one of which will form a raised pedestrian crossing point. And three road humps will be added in Anglesey Grove.

A report of Alastair Smith, assistant director (neighbourhoods), stated: “The proposed scheme will help improve road safety on the approaches to Throston Primary School.”

The council sent letters and plans about the measures, which are expected to cost £20,000, to all 85 houses in Torbay Grove and Anglesey and received only one objection. Ward councillors also indicated they fully supported both schemes.

A new 20mph zone will also be created around St Cuthbert’s, in Stratford Road, Hartlepool.

The streets affected will be Stratford Road, Wolviston Road, Barton Avenue, Stirling Street, Leamington Parade, Alverstone Avenue and Beachfield Drive.

The council proposed to install a series of four road humps on Stratford Road but they have been dropped after proving unpopular with residents.

But double yellow lines will be added at junctions to improve visibility.

The scheme will be funded through the council’s Local Transport Plan budget and is estimated to cost around £4,000.

The works for both schools were agreed by the council’s Neighbourhood Services Committee and are part of the council’s programme of safety schemes outside schools.