Safety measures being implemented on Ashington road

Road safety measures are being introduced on a road in Ashington following a serious accident where a car ended up in a resident’s garden.

Monday, 29th March 2021, 10:00 am
Haydon Ward Councillor Brian Gallacher on North Seaton Road.

Traffic calming measures have been approved for North Seaton Road and Newbiggin Road following consultation with residents.

The scheme is being introduced following a serious crash in September 2019, when a car travelling south on North Seaton Road failed to slow down for the existing roundabout at the North Seaton Road/Newbiggin Road junction, landing in a resident’s garden.

The new measures will include narrowed carriageway lane widths, raising the existing puffin crossing and the introduction of one set of speed cushions just north of the roundabout on North Seaton Road.

On Newbiggin Road a raised junction table will be introduced together with a pedestrian buildout feature at the existing school crossing patrol site.

In addition, an interactive sign will be introduced which will advise drivers of a 20mph speed limit when lights are flashing, operational during school start and finish times.

Coun Brian Gallacher, Northumberland County Councilor for Haydon ward, said: “These improvements come after a serious collision took place on these roads, and several other minor incidents in recent years.

"After a full consultation with residents we were able to develop a plan that will introduce safer road measures that will undoubtedly reassured many of our residents, in particular those making their journey to and from school by foot.”

Coun Glen Sanderson, leader of Northumberland County Council, said: “I am pleased that residents have supported the proposed safety scheme to improve these roads in Ashington.

"This is great news for the residents and those who use the local school in the area.”