Puffin helps make crossing safer

Coun Susan Dungworth at the new Puffin crossing in Seaton Sluice.
Coun Susan Dungworth at the new Puffin crossing in Seaton Sluice.

A coastal road has been made safer and easier to cross thanks to a new Puffin crossing.

Beresford Road in Seaton Sluice has become increasingly busy over recent years, with a 12 per cent increase in traffic over a 10-year period, as well as a number of accidents.

Concerns were raised about the safety of the road by ward county councillor Susan Dungworth, along with the local parish council.

Northumberland County Council then carried out a detailed feasibility study, which found that a crossing was both justified and technically possible.

It led to the new crossing being built at the top of Beresford Road, near its junction with Collywell Bay Road and Hartley Square.

Coun Dungworth said the £90,000 scheme was vital because this part of the road is ‘well used for accessing the cycle track and bus stops, both of which are used by children as young as nine to travel to and from school’.

She added: “Local residents and myself have long been concerned about the safety of pedestrians trying to cross the road at this point.

“The road has become increasingly busy over recent years and unfortunately there have been a number of accidents.

“I’m delighted this new crossing is now in place, which will improve safety on the road for years to come.

“It will also make it easier for residents and visitors alike to travel between the coastal path and beach and Holywell Dene.”