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New safety measures for Ashington roads

New road safety measures are to be introduced on an Ashington road following a serious accident where a car ended up in a resident’s garden. 

Traffic calming measures have been approved for North Seaton Road and Newbiggin Road, following consultation with residents. 

The scheme is being introduced following a serious crash in September 2019, when a car travelling south on North Seaton Road failed to slow down for the existing roundabout at the North Seaton Road / Newbiggin Road junction, landing in a resident’s garden. 

The new measures will include narrowed carriageway lane widths, raising the existing puffin crossing and the introduction of one set of speed cushions 88 metres north of the roundabout on North Seaton Road. 

On Newbiggin Road a raised junction table will be introduced together with a pedestrian buildout feature at the existing school crossing patrol site. This will assist the school crossing patrol person to be seen by approaching drivers and improve pedestrian safety particularly at school start and finish times. 

In addition, an interactive sign will be introduced which will advise drivers of a 20mph speed limit when lights are flashing, which will be operational during school start and finish times. 

Cllr Glen Sanderson, leader of Northumberland County Council, said: “I am pleased that residents have supported the proposed safety scheme to improve these roads in Ashington. This is great news for the residents and those who use the local school in the area.” 

Cllr Brian Gallacher, Northumberland County Councilor for Haydon ward, added: “These improvements come after a serious collision took place on these roads, and several other minor incidents in recent years. After a full consultation with residents we were able to develop a plan that will introduce safer road measures that will undoubtedly reassured many of our residents, in particular those making their journey to and from school by foot.” 
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