Petition call on speeding drivers answered

The Broadway, South Shields
The Broadway, South Shields

A new warning sign could be installed on a popular stretch of coastal road in 
a bid to slow speeding drivers.

Fed-up residents living on The Broadway, in South Shields, handed a petition to council chiefs in January.

The measures introduced earlier this year have been effective

Council report

They called for action to be taken to try to halt the speed at motorists drove along the stretch of road in front of their homes.

Surveys carried out in the area throughout August found speeds have fallen for those heading north since the introduction of a speed activated sign.

However, speeds increased for drivers travelling south.

The report, which will be presented at the next meeting of the East Shields and Whitburn Community Area Forum, calls for a speed -activated sign to be put in place to face southbound traffic.

It said: “It is considered that the measures introduced earlier this year facing northbound motorists have been effective in reducing speeds.

“The works here involved replacing the existing 30mph speed limit signs with new yellow-backed signs and the erection of a vehicle activated sign. This sign displays vehicle speeds and a suitable message when appropriate.

“As a result, it is proposed to erect a further vehicle activated sign to face southbound traffic.”

Records show there has been no injury or accidents over the last three years to the end of April.

The community area forum covers the areas of Cleadon Park, Harton, Horsley Hill and Whitburn and Marsden.

The meeting had been due to be held on Thursday, but will instead be 
rescheduled for a later date.