Couple welcome 20mph speed zone

Christine and Norman Dunbar and Derek Laydon at the new 20mph zone in Cramlington.
Christine and Norman Dunbar and Derek Laydon at the new 20mph zone in Cramlington.

Two retired police officers have welcomed the introduction of a 20mph speed limit on a Cramlington housing estate.

Christine and Norman Dunbar organised a petititon to get the restriction at the entrance to the Parkside Grange and Glade Estates and the main roads off it, including Totnes Drive and Ringwood Drive.

Now the council has implemented the limit in accordance with the 2016 Transport Plan.

Christine said: “I am pleased that common sense has prevailed on this issue and the 20mph speed limit has been adopted and the signs have gone up.

“There was a real concern that someone could get hit by speeding cars in Parkside Glade and Grange.

“Norman and I have been so impressed by the support local people have shown by helping get signatures and this shows a real commitment by the community to try to solve this issue before there was an accident.

“There are 20mph zones around Cramlington and I think it’s time that 20mph speed limits should be mandatory on all of our estates.

“We have been contacted by residents from other areas of Cramlington asking for help and support so we are going to continue with the petition and ask for 20mph speed reduction in all Eastfield estates that currently have 30mph.”

Norman said: “I have trained with our local police to become a member of the Community Speed Watch Team and will help to enforce all reduced speed limits if necessary.”

Residents joined Christine and Norman door-to-door to collect signatures.