Speed limit to be reduced on Bedlington estates
31 Jan 2017 ARCHIVED (over 3 months old) - view latest news
The speed limit is to be reduced around a residential area in Bedlington that has been plagued by speeding motorists for a number of years.
Motorists driving on Church Lane and the Millfield and Hotspur Estates that lead off it, will soon be restricted to a maximum speed of 20mph.
The new speed limit is being introduced following concerns raised by residents. With the new Acres housing estate reaching completion, the number of children living in the area and the volume of traffic will increase which will exacerbate the problem further.
Northumberland County Councillor and local ward member Alyson Wallace has been working with Northumberland County Council to introduce the 20mph speed limit.
She said: “Speeding in the area is getting progressively worse and residents have become increasingly concerned, and justifiably so.
“ There are a lot of children living on these estates who walk the streets to go to school and play with friends. The area has been a speeding hotspot and an accident waiting to happen.
“ By reducing the speed of vehicles we will greatly reduce the risk and severity of any potential accidents and make it a safer place for everyone.”
New signage will be introduced advising motorists that they are entering a 20mph limit. Repeater signs will be introduced at intervals to remind motorists of the reduced speed limit. Councillor Wallace has contributed to the funding of this scheme by using her Members Local Improvement Scheme Allowance.
It is expected the new restrictions will come into force before the end of March.