THE brakes could be put on speeding traffic as part of a £28,000 safety scheme on a South Tyneside estate.
A 20mph zone could be introduced at Low Simonside Estate in Jarrow, amid concerns over traffic speeds and road accidents.
Between May 2001 and October 2003, traffic-calming measures were introduced along Hadrian Road, Haggerston Terrace, Etal Crescent and Stanhope Road, including road humps and chicanes.
But concerns remain about traffic speeds and six ‘personal injury accidents’ on the estate, which includes around 900 properties.
Now Low Simonside has been entered on a shortlist for the introduction of new road safety measures.
A survey revealed that accidents had involved a child cyclist, a pedestrian and a motorcyclist.
Introducing 20mph traffic measures will cost £28,000 and the plans are set to be debated by town councillors next week. Consultation about the plans is under way and residents voiced their opinions at an event at Low Simonside Community Association this week.
Coun Fay Cunningham, for the Bede ward, said: “All three ward members support plans for the 20mph zone.
“I would say that most residents are more than happy with the plans, but some had concerns.
“But there are issues with traffic speeds at Low Simonside, and these need to be addressed.”
Plans for the 20mph scheme will be discussed at a meeting of Jarrow and Boldon community area forum, at Jarrow Town Hall, at 10am on Thursday.
Public consultation on the traffic scheme ends the following day.