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New 20 mph zones proposed in Sunderland

20 mph zones

5:26pm 7th December 2017

A new 20mph traffic scheme is being proposed by Sunderland City Council.

Initially, the council agreed a pilot programme of introducing 20mph zones in 15 areas within the City of Sunderland.

Six 20mph zones have been introduced to date.

This proposed 20mph traffic scheme covers another two of the original pilot programme and incorporates Marley Pots into a wider area, together with additional streets agreed with ward members in the Castle, Redhill and Southwick wards and is to be introduced in 2018 / 2019.

Following the introduction of this scheme, there will be seven further 20mph traffic schemes to introduce to complete the original programme. It is proposed that the remaining 20mph zones will be delivered up to financial years 2020 / 2021. 

Councillor Michael Mordey, the City Council's Portfolio Holder for City Services, said:

"The council would like to hear the thoughts of the residents and road users on the proposals.

"The proposed 20mph traffic scheme would work alongside existing and proposed traffic calming measures.

"The scheme would also create continuity within residential streets allowing for all road users to be aware they are in a 20mph area. It is intended to improve road safety and reduce both the number and severity of injuries.

"Reducing speeds not only make an area a more attractive place to live but also help protect vulnerable road users such as children, the elderly and those who have hearing and visual impairments."

Sunderland City Council will accept consultation returns and comments here until 8th January 2018.

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