SOLAR power could be used to stop motorists speeding along so-called rat-runs on a South Tyneside estate.
Although the Scotch Estate in Jarrow is designated as a 20mph traffic zone, there are claims drivers are breaking that speed limit while using the estate as a short cut.
Now members of the 4Bede Residents’ Group are pressing for solar-powered speed warning signs to be introduced.
Group chairman Lee Hughes said: “Although we have signs at the entrances to the estate warning drivers they are entering a 20mph zone, some people seem to be ignoring them.
“The problem is that drivers are rat-running through the estate to avoid delays and traffic lights and picking up speed.
“They are coming off the John Reid Road and going along Perth Avenue and then down Edinburgh Road and back onto the A194 road, to save time and cut off a corner.”
Some drivers living off Edinburgh Road have experienced problems getting out into traffic because of the high volume of cars going through the estate between 7am and 9am.
The issue has been discussed at meetings of the residents’ group, and it is calling for extra speed signs on the Scotch Estate.
Mr Hughes added: “This is something we have made the local police and councillors aware of.
“We think solar-powered flashing speed signs would be useful in helping to slow down traffic and also hopefully tackle the problem of rat-running on the estate.”
Bede ward councillor Arthur Meeks is also keen to see something done, saying: “There is no doubt that the estate has become something of a rat-run.
“The idea of having solar-powered signs is something we could look at, through the council’s traffic management team.”