A £6,000 warning scheme to put the brakes on drivers could be activated in Hebburn town centre – despite experts saying there are no speeding dangers.
Although a new report suggests there are no major problems with speeding in busy Hedgeley Road, town councillors remain worried about traffic speeds in the area.
Accident data collected from July 2010 to July this year reveal there have been five injury accidents on the road, one serious and the remainder causing slight injuries to drivers.But average speeds were recorded at 27mph and council traffic experts do not consider there are problems with speeding.
Despite a new council report revealing most of the accidents were due to human error, rather than speeding, councillors still want to see speed-activated warning signs in Hedgeley Road, including its busy junction with Station Road in the town centre.
Coun Richard Porthouse, chairman of Hebburn community area forum (Caf), said: “Although the report records average speeds over a set period, we feel there is a case for slowing traffic in Hedgeley Road.
“It can be horrendous on the school run and we want to put up speed warning signs, as soon as the money becomes available.
“This would cost somewhere in the region of £6,000, but myself and fellow Hebburn North ward councillors Ian Harkus and Mary Butler feel this would be money well spent.
“The signs would warn drivers when they are in danger of breaking the speed limit, and we feel this would improve safety on Hedgeley Road for drivers and pedestrians.
“We would hope this finance could be sourced through Hebburn Caf and we would like the signs put up as soon as the money is available.”
A council report to next week’s Hebburn Caf states: “In view of the latest speed survey results, we would not consider there to be a problem with speed on Hedgeley Road at this time, and it is therefore not recommended or justified to propose any carriageway alterations at this time. We will continue to monitor the situation.
“Should future funding sources be made available, it could be advantageous to investigate the introduction of vehicle-activated speed signage in strategic places on Hedgeley Road, to advise motorists of their current speed.”
Hebburn Caf will meet at the Iona Club, Station Road, Hebburn, at 10am on Monday.
Members of the public are most welcome to attend.