Work boosts road safety

FOUR schemes have been approved to improve road safety.

Hartlepool Borough Council has given the go-ahead to schemes aimed at making roads safer for pedestrians and targeting speeding motorists in several areas of the town.

Councillor Pam Hargreaves, cabinet member with special responsibility for transport and neighbourhoods, gave the go ahead to the schemes at a meeting at the Civic Centre.

Among them was a plan to create a puffin crossing in Easington Road, adjacent to the Parkstone Grove pedestrian access.

It will see the southbound bus stop being moved and changes made to the carriageway markings and safety barriers, but a consultation with residents in Parkstone Grove and Dorchester Drive was backed by 89 per cent of people who replied.

The scheme will cost between £45,000 and £50,000 and the cash will come from the council’s Local Transport PLan and Tees Valley Bus Network Improvement budget.

Coun Hargreaves also passed a traffic calming scheme for Warrior Drive in Seaton Carew.

Council officers had developed three options, to create six pinch-points, implementing two pinch-points and two vehicle activated signs, or finally taking no action.

The meeting heard that residents had asked for the speed in Warrior Drive to be cut to 20mph during the Neighbourhood Service Scrutiny Forum’s 20’s Plenty investigation.

A council speed survey then only found a moderate level of traffic exceeding the limit and it was decided it would be impractical to reduce the limit.

But Coun Hargreaves was told that 58 per cent of people who replied to a consultation were in favour of the second option, which also had the backing of Seaton ward Councillor Michael Turner, who attended the meeting.

Coun Hargreaves agreed and gave the go ahead for two pinch-points, but queried where they should be placed and asked council officers look at the technicalities.

A scheme to create three road humps in South Parade, between Oxford Street and Sydenham Road, was approved after complaints from residents about speeding vehicles.

A consultation found the scheme was backed by 74 per cent of people who replied and it will cost £10,000 from the the council’s Local Transport PLan and Central Neighbourhood Consultative Forum.

A £10,000 scheme, from the same funding pots, was also approved in Waldron Street to create a pinchpoint to the north of the Lister Street junction.