A popular coastal road has just been made safer and easier to cross thanks to a Puffin.

10 Mar 2017

A popular coastal road has just been made safer and easier to cross thanks to a Puffin.

Beresford Road in Seaton Sluice has become increasingly busy over recent years, with a 12% increase in traffic over a ten year period as well as a number of accidents.

Concerns were raised about the safety of the road by ward councillor Susan Dungworth, along with the local parish council. Northumberland County Council then carried out a detailed feasibility study which found a crossing was both justified and technically possible.

The study led to a new Puffin crossing being built at the top of Beresford Road, near its junction with Collywell Bay Road and Hartley Square.

The scheme, which cost around £90,000, was funded through the council’s Local Transport Plan programme.

Cllr Dungworth said: “Local residents and myself have long been concerned about the safety of pedestrians trying to cross the road at this point. The road has become increasingly busy over recent years and unfortunately there have been a number of accidents.

“Although there are lights at the bottom of the road there wasn’t any at the top which is well used for accessing the cycle track and bus stops, both of which are used by children as young as nine to travel to and from school.

“It will also make it easier for residents and visitors alike to  travel between the coastal path and beach and Holywell Dene.

“I’m delighted this new crossing is now in place which will improve safety on the road for years to come.”