Speed limits to be cut on Fens roads

PLAN: Alastair Smith
PLAN: Alastair Smith

COUNCILLORS have agreed plans to cut the speed limit in several Hartlepool streets from 30mph to 20mph in a bid to curb speeding motorists.

Hartlepool Borough Council is to put a 20mph speed limit in place in an area of the Fens estate, incorporating Fenton Road, Lincoln Road, Ingham Grove and Wainfleet Road.

It comes after ward councillors requested the council to have a look at the issue.

A consultation was carried out in order to help address the speed of traffic in that part of Hartlepool, and the plans have been agreed by the council’s neighbourhood services committee at Hartlepool Borough Council.

Alastair Smith, the council’s assistant director of neighbourhoods, said: “This scheme was requested by local ward councillors, and consultation was undertaken regarding the possible introduction of a 20mph speed restriction covering Fenton Road, Lincoln Road, Ingham Grove and Wainfleet Road, due to concerns being raised over the speed of traffic in the area.”

Consultation letters were sent out in the summer and the response was overwhelmingly in favour of cutting the speed limit.

Mr Smith added: “From a total of 150 residential letters, 69 replies were received.

“The response was positively in favour of the proposal, with 64 replies supporting the scheme, and five replies against it.

“Some residents requested additional traffic calming measures, such as speed cushions. However, many other residents, who are in favour of lowering the speed limit, were against any type of additional calming measures.

“The scheme would be delivered using signage only, replacing all existing 30mph signage with 20mph signs.

“Any 30mph carriageway markings will also require the appropriate alterations.”

The total cost is around £500 according to transport chiefs, and the money will come from the council’s Local Transport budget.

Officers said they believed the scheme would improve road safety and encourage slower speeds in that area of town.

The relevant traffic regulation orders will be advertised and the roads made 20mph in the New Year.

Putting Hartlepool First councillor Steve Gibbon said: “We have received regular phone calls about speeding up there.

“I thank the officers for putting this on the agenda.”