Calls for change at road junction

Christine Blakey with her partner David Nin at the problem junction. Picture bY FRANK REID
Christine Blakey with her partner David Nin at the problem junction. Picture bY FRANK REID

A WORRIED resident has called for change at a junction which she says is an “accident waiting to happen”.

Christine Blakey says there have been a number of near-misses at the junction at Silverbirch Road and Merlin Way, in the Bishop Cuthbert estate, Hartlepool.

The 43-year-old, who is a Hartlepool Borough Council resident representative for the area, says drivers coming from the Hartfields Retirement Village direction pull off Merlin Way into Silverbirch Road without looking and are not aware that drivers coming from the other direction have a right of way.

The problem has been previously reported in the Mail and Bellway Homes and Persimmon Homes, who build the estate, put some road markings down.

But Christine still does not think residents know who has right of way and thinks a mini-roundabout would solve the problems and make it clearer for drivers.

Christine, who lives nearby in the estate with her partner, David Nin, 53, a co-owner at Lotus Garden, at Hartlepool Marina, said: “The junction needs to be changed.

“It’s only a matter of time before there is an accident, all it takes is one careless driver and people will start asking questions.

“Most drivers are careful, but there are a handful who either completely cut the corner as they drive around or just drive straight onto Silverbirch Road from Merlin Way blatantly not aware that cars could be coming the other way.

“Drivers do pick up quite a lot of speed coming down from Sainsbury’s and it could result in quite a nasty accident.”

Christine added: “Police, executive planners, the fire service and other professionals all looked at the plans for this estate before work was started and didn’t spot the dangers, I think it’s disgraceful.

“There are now markings on the road which make it a little clearer but there are no road signs.

“I think a mini-roundabout will solve all the problems.”

A Hartlepool Borough Council spokesman said: “Ms Blakey has been in touch with the council and expressed her concerns.

“We have agreed to assess the traffic issues at this location over the next week or two in conjunction with the developer of the site and we will feedback our findings to her.”