New 20mph zones set to be introduced in Hartlepool

Macaulay Road in Rift House which is one of a number of roads due to get the speed restriction.
Macaulay Road in Rift House which is one of a number of roads due to get the speed restriction.

Two more schemes to get motorists to put the brake on in residential areas of Hartlepool have been given the green light by councillors.

The 20mph zones covering a number of streets are due to be introduced in the Rift House and Burbank areas of town.

Both proposals were given unanimous backing when they went before Hartlepool Borough Council’s Neighbourhood Services Committee.

More than 90% of residents in the two new zones who answered a council consultation were in favour of the measures to cut the speed of vehicles.

The first zone agreed by councillors was in the Macauley Road area.

Council technical services manager Mike Blair said that the scheme had been devised after requests from residents through their ward councillors.

Presenting a report on the proposal Mr Blair said: “A total of 310 letters and plans were delivered to residential properties. The number of replies received was 93, 30% of the 310 letters which were delivered, with 85 in favour of the proposed scheme, 91% of the replies, and 8 were against, 9% of those who replied.”

The speed restriction is set to be introduced in the Macaulay Road area, including Drayton Road, Dryden Road, Garrick Grove, Homer Grove, Nash Grove and Swinburne Road.

The report added: “A 20mph speed limit would improve road safety, and encourage slower vehicle speeds within the area.”

The committee also supported a similar scheme in Burbank where a similar consultation exercise had been carried out, again following requests from residents through ward councillors.

Signs are due to be installed at junction of Burn Road and Green Street and in Clark Street, Mainsforth Terrace, Redworth Street Whitby Street South and Lynn Street South where they join Burbank Street.

Both schemes will cost around £1,500 will be funded through the council’s Local Transport Plan budget allocation.

Traffic regulation orders will be advertised.