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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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New sign to target speeding drivers

Monday, July 14, 2014


An electronic speed sign is to be installed on a busy main road through a rural village in Stockton in response to concerns raised by local residents.

Stockton Council has agreed to install the sign – which will warn drivers if they are exceeding the 30mph limit – on Seamer Road through Hilton village.

The move comes after Council officers attended a meeting of Hilton Parish Council last week to listen to residents’ concerns.

Councillor Mike Smith, Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, said: “We are aware of this issue and have carried out some surveys to get a full understanding of it.

“We already have a similar sign facing westbound traffic, which has helped to reduce speeds since it was installed in 2009. We are hopeful that this new sign will have a similar effect on eastbound speeds.

“We are now placing an order for the sign and will carry out a technical assessment and any necessary physical works ahead of its installation, which will by the end of October at the latest.

“We have also highlighted the issue with the police so they can consider carrying out additional enforcement in the area.”

Councillor Smith added: “In addition to excessive vehicle speeds, residents have also expressed concerns about the high number of heavy good lorries passing through the village each day.

“Our surveys have shown that up to 44 such vehicles are going through the village on some days and while this is not unlawful we do understand that it is a worry to local people, who are also being disturbed by noisy lorries passing in the early hours.

“We have agreed to contact the companies who use this route most to appeal to them to consider using alternative routes.”

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