A NEW £40,000 road scheme will help keep pedestrians safe in Jarrow.
There have been concerns for years about potential dangers to people crossing Calf Close Lane, to reach a bus stop, shops and a doctor’s surgery.
The road is a busy car and bus route between Jarrow and Boldon, and councillors have pressed for road safety measures to be upgraded in the area.
Coun Steve Harrison, a UKIP representative for the Fellgate and Hedworth ward, said: “It is a very busy crossing point, and local members have been concerned for a number of years about the danger of someone getting run over as they try to reach the shops and the doctor’s surgery in Calf Close Lane.
“There have been some near-misses in terms of accidents, and it has been an awkward spot for pedestrians.
“Previously, it was quite dangerous to cross the road, especially for any mothers with buggies.
“Jarrow councillors like myself have been pressing for a safer crossing near the shops and bus stop. We passed on our concerns to the council’s highways department and they worked with Nexus to develop a pedestrian refuge, a ramp, and other road safety features in Calf Close Lane.
“It’s a good scheme and I’m sure it will boost safety on that part of the estate.”
Coun Harrison is also calling for new road safety features at nearby Hedworth Lane bridge, under the Metro line between South Tyneside and Sunderland, where pedestrians have to walk inches from passing traffic.
It is hoped the improvements could include new road markings and resurfacing.
A spokesman for South Tyneside Council said: “A number of road safety and traffic-calming measures have been introduced on Calf Close Lane, Jarrow, including a pedestrian refuge crossing, guard rail and a bus stop access ramp.
“The scheme was funded by Nexus as part of the Better Bus Areas Fund and was estimated to cost £40,750.
“Other than resurfacing, the work is now complete and the bus stop is operational.”