Traffic calming for town streets

Granville Avenue, in Hartlepool.
Granville Avenue, in Hartlepool.

NEW measures to combat speeding motorists could be installed in two residential streets.

Hartlepool Borough Council is considering three traffic-calming measures in Granville Avenue and Tunstall Avenue, in Hartlepool.

It follows concerns expressed to the three Labour councillors, Chris Simmons, Carl Richardson and Pamela Hargreaves about cars driving faster than the 30mph speed limit down the two streets, which have cars parked on either side.

Transport officers have been consulting residents in recent weeks and the three options are:

l Introduce a 20mph speed limit on both streets but also include North Drive, South Drive and Elm Grove. A 20mph zone would be used to reduce the speed of cars through signs only

l Speed humps installed at a number of locations on Granville Avenue and Tunstall Avenue

l Install two alternating vehicle-activated signs which act as a warning but are only activated by vehicles driving above the speed limit.

Residents were asked to indicate which option they were in favour of.

They had until February 15 to make their views known.

The results of the consultation are expected to be discussed at a future council meeting.

Labour councillor Carl Richardson, who represents the Victoria ward, said: “Residents have contacted the ward councillors with concerns over speeding in that area, particularly Granville Avenue as there are a lot of young families in the street.

“We are doing the survey to see what the residents want.”