Dozens of South Shields streets facing 20 miles per hour speed restrictions

Dozens of streets will have their speed limits reduced on safety grounds to 20 miles per hour on Christmas Eve.

Monday, 23rd December 2019, 4:45 pm
Updated Monday, 23rd December 2019, 4:45 pm
The measures are partly aimed at improving safety for children and relatives walking to and from Hadrian Primary School, in Baring Street.

South Tyneside Council is introducing the measures across large parts of the Lawe Top and neighbouring areas of South Shields as part of its commitment to “reducing road traffic accidents and improving road safety particularly for pedestrians, cyclists and other vulnerable road users”.

The move follows earlier improvements aimed at making the area safer for children walking to Hadrian Primary School, in Baring Road, with their relatives.

Twenty-miles-per-hour signs are appearing at the beginning of the affected area with repeater signs and road markings also advising motorists of the lower speed limit.

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Julian Street is one of the streets where speed limits will be reduced to 20 miles per hour from December 24.

A spokesman for South Tyneside Council said after the scheme was first announced: “South Tyneside Council is committed to reducing road traffic accidents and improving road safety particularly for pedestrians, cyclists and other vulnerable road users.

“In this instance the proposals will reduce the speed limit around a local primary school and the adjoining residential streets. In addition it is proposed to improve safe walking routes around Hadrian Primary School.”

The speed restrictions are to be introduced following an earlier public consultation process.

Among the measures already in place near the school are a new zebra crossing in Bearing Street and pedestrian crossing improvements in Fort Street.

The streets affected by the 20-miles-per hour limit are: Agricola Court, Baring Street, Beacon Street, Caer Urfa Close, Caesar’s Walk, Claudius Court, Cleveland Court, Cleveland Street, Coston Drive, Fairles Street, Fort Street, Fort Square, George Scott Street, Hedley Close, Hedley Street, Henry Street, Henry Nelson Street, James Mather Street, Julian Street, Julius Court, Lawe Road, Livingstone Place, Livingstone Street, Morton Street, Morton Walk, Ocean Road, Pearson Street, Pollard Street, Roman Road, Roman Road North, Salmon Street, St Aidan’s Road, Trajan Avenue, Trajan Street, Urfa Terrace, Vespasian Avenue, Vespasian Street, Woodlands Terrace.

Adjoining back lanes in the area are also affected.

Anyone wanting further details about the restrictions is urged to visit the Town Hall, in Westoe Road, South Shields, during office hours.