Improving safety for pedestrians

From left: County Councillor Brian Gallacher, Crossing patrol officer Anne Sharp, Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery, County Councillor Lynne Grimshaw, and Bothal Middle School headteacher Andrew Roberts.
From left: County Councillor Brian Gallacher, Crossing patrol officer Anne Sharp, Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery, County Councillor Lynne Grimshaw, and Bothal Middle School headteacher Andrew Roberts.

A series of road improvements has been carried out in Ashington to improve safety and protect pedestrians.

An improvement scheme for Norham Road has been completed involving resurfacing, footpath widening, putting in extra parking restrictions and extending the one way system to improve safety at nearby schools.

New 20mph speed limits have been introduced at Norwich Road/Exeter Close and Thorntree Gardens/Ridgeway to improve safety for pupils and residents near Josephine Butler Campus, while the same limit should shortly being introduced for the Orchid Meadows Estate and the High Market area.

Work on a new light-controlled crossing is also complete on Morpeth Road and parking restrictions will be in place shortly outside Bothal Upper School and Central Primary Schools.

The schemes were introduced after requests from the public and the local ward members and funded by a combination of Local Transport Plan and Members Schemes funding.

Local councillor Brian Gallacher said: “These schemes are all partnerships – the council’s road safety team and Ashington’s elected members dealing with local people’s concerns.

“Anything we can do to make the roads around our schools safer has to be welcomed and the work has been well received by people living in the area.”

Fellow councillor Lynne Grimshaw added: “While this work may not be the kind of high profile multi-million pound project which captures the headlines, it is just as important for local people and will improve the lives of many local communities in Ashington.”

Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery said: “I’m delighted to see school safety improved.

“There has been a clear need for improvement in this area for the peace of mind of residents, students and parents.

“It’s great news for the community here in Ashington.”

“It may not be glitzy or glamorous, but it will be much appreciated by those who have asked for it and will dramatically reduce risks to schoolchildren and residents in the area.”