Fears over speeding traffic at tunnels

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WORRIED residents remain concerned about traffic speeds near the Tyne Tunnel in Jarrow despite a council investigation.

The issue of speeding traffic around Monkton Terrace and Howard Street was debated at Jarrow and Boldon community area forum.

Speed campaigner and petitioner Vin Mullen believes many vehicles are still regularly speeding on the Tyne Tunnel approach roads.

But he is annoyed at how traffic speeds are being recorded, and the lack of speed warning signs in the area, which includes primary schools and old folk’s homes.

Council parking and traffic officer Sia Mahmoodshahi, who has conducted a speed study of the area, revealed there have been six accidents between Monkton Terrace and the Tyne Tunnel roundabout in Jarrow over the last three years, resulting in one injury he described as “serious”.

Mr Mullen said: “The traffic speeds along that road have ranged from 10mph to 54mph, but these are not recorded, only speed averages.”

The forum was told traffic speeds are recorded as set down in Government guidelines.

Mr Mullen, 61, of Prince Consort Road, Jarrow, is also concerned about the removal of a lollipop lady from the west side of the roundabout on the busy A185 Howard Street route, which carries more than 15,000 vehicles a day, and is one of the main routes between Jarrow, Hebburn, the Tyne Tunnel and South Shields.

Coun Emma Lewell-Buck said: “The issue of Howard Street has been trundling on for some time.

“I want to see something done about this, and a report sent back to members and the lead petitioner before the next forum meeting.”

Mr Mahmoodshahi agreed to prepare another traffic report on Howard Street.