Jarrow streets to get 20mph speed limit

TRAFFIC WORRIES ... North Street in Jarrow.
TRAFFIC WORRIES ... North Street in Jarrow.

THE brakes are set to be put on speeding traffic in Jarrow town centre, after residents worried about children’s safety demanded urgent action.

People in North Street and Abbey Drive have expressed concerns for several years about excessive traffic speeds in the area.

Many young children live in the area, increasing concerns about the dangers of speeding traffic.

A child has already been involved in a road traffic accident and a residents’ group pressed South Tyneside Council for action.

Now a 20mph traffic zone is set to launched in both streets, after consultation with local residents.

Chris Flynn, chairman of Priory Court Residents’ Association, said: “We have campaigned for some time for traffic-calming measures.

“The area is plagued by speeding cars and with it being a residential estate, with many young families, it was only going to be a matter of time before there was a serious accident.

“We are very pleased that South Tyneside Council has acted upon our concerns.”

Coun Ken Stephenson, for the Primrose ward, said: “There have been concerns for a while about traffic speeds in the area, and we hope the 20mph zone will help put people’s minds at rest.

“This has been raised at one or two meetings, and I hope this action helps solve the problems.”

Sarah Johnson, co-chairman of Priory Court Residents’ Association, said: “We have a club nearby, and cars and taxis regularly go up and down the estate.

“The traffic department told us there was an accident involving a child a year or two ago, and we have been putting pressure on the council for action to reduce speeding.”

A spokesman for South Tyneside Council said: “Informal consultation with residents will be followed by formal consultation for 21 days and, subject to weather and other issues, work on the traffic zone could begin in late February.”

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