£50k Road safety scheme backed

SAFETY: Throston Grange Lane, in Hartlepool.
SAFETY: Throston Grange Lane, in Hartlepool.

COUNCILLORS have agreed plans aimed at boosting safety for motorists and pedestrians in a busy road.

Road safety chiefs at Hartlepool Borough Council have devised a new £50,000 scheme for Throston Grange Lane.

It follows complaints by ward councillors and residents about the speed of traffic and general road safety along the busy 30mph road, which is a link road between the A179 and Hart Lane.

Councillors have agreed to install three pinch points, which are build outs to allow one vehicle to pass at a time, and double yellow lines painted on each junction entering onto Throston Grange Lane.

The bus stop opposite Falcon Road will be moved away from the junction while slow markings and central hatching will be used at various points after the decision by the council’s neighbourhood services committee.

Around 900 letters and plans were sent out to residents in the nearby area which led to eight letters of objection, which claimed the scheme is not needed and that pinch points will make it difficult to get on and off driveways at busy times.

A council report said between 2010 and 2012 there have been five slight and two serious recorded accidents.

The council report by Alastair Smith, assistant director of neighbourhoods, said: “The number of accidents along Throston Grange Lane and the recorded traffic speeds indicate that the proposals are justified.

“The presence of the pinch points will have minimal impact on getting on and off driveways, it should make the manoeuvre safer because traffic speeds will be reduced.”