Image demonstrating New sign to improve road safety on approach to Morpeth

New sign to improve road safety on approach to Morpeth

A new interactive sign aimed at slowing drivers and improving road safety has been installed on the A196 in Hepscott parish, on the approach Morpeth.

Following concerns about speeding traffic in the area, two local county councillors have each contributed funding from their members local improvement schemes budgets for the sign.

Councillors Glen Sanderson and John Beynon have each contributed £2,500 towards the cost.

Cllr John Beynon, county councillor for the Stobhill ward of Morpeth, said:  I am very pleased to see this sign installed - it is something that residents have been asking for for some time.   We hope that it will be effective in slowing traffic down before the busy junction with the industrial estate, and before drivers reach residential estate junctions, improving road safety.”

Cllr Glen Sanderson, cabinet member for local services at the county council added:  “These interactive speed signs have been very effective in other areas as they advise drivers of their current speed and flash the figures in red until they reduce to reach the speed limit.  I am very hopeful that it will make a difference in this location.”

Hepscott Parish Council has also been very supportive of the installation of the sign - and will take on its ownership and maintenance.

Hepscott Parish Council chairman Phil Ashmore said:  “I am very pleased to see this sign installed. The new South Fields estate, which is part of Hepscott Parish, has seen hundreds of new residents move to the area, many with young families, and road safety is therefore extremely important in this location.

“I would like to thank Cllrs Sanderson and Beynon for investing their small schemes funding into this project.”

The new sign follows on from other road safety improvements in the area, where Northumberland County Council has implemented a 50mph speed limit along the A196 through Hepscott parish to Guidepost, and 40mph into Bothal and Hepscott villages.
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