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Residents of Brinkburn Road in Darlington call for 20mph limit
RESIDENTS living on Brinkburn Road have called for a 20mph zone to be introduced along its length in an attempt to combat speeding and traffic congestion.
A public meeting to discuss the growing concerns of people living on the road, used as a major through road by motorists in Darlington, was held last week at Cockerton Library.
One idea discussed at length was the possibility of making Brinkburn Road, and the side roads into The Denes around it, into a 20mph zone to deter commuters, reduce noise and prevent fatalities.
Residents argued that speed humps and chicanes would not be necessary if the whole road was made 20mph and that it would be self-enforcing in the same way 30mph zones largely are.
The idea had the support of people at the meeting, who felt the idea should be given serious consideration, backed by Matthew Snedker, who has campaigned for a 20mph speed limit across Darlington for several years.
Darlington Borough Council previously looked at introducing 20mph speed limits in The Denes, although Brinkburn Road itself was not considered.
The 20mph proposals fell through due to a lack of funding. Matt Purdy, who has lived on Brinkburn Road for more than 10 years, said he had seen traffic problems increase on the road.
He said: “There are plans for hundreds of new houses in Faverdale and West Park and no new roads planned to go with them.
“I’m a motorist and a motorcyclist and I was always against 20mph zones but they do make sense.
“If the side roads were made into 20mph zones you would need lots of signs and speed humps – if the whole area around Brinkburn Road from West Auckland Road to Station Road were 20mph then you would not.”
Mr Purdy said his ideas had won the backing of other residents of Brinkburn Road who are also calling for a weight restriction of 7.5tonnes on the road.
Speaking at the meeting Andy Casey, highways manager for Darlington Borough Council, said: “We put in a bid for £3m early in the year for 20mph in The Denes and will continue to look for investment.
“We were unsuccessful but if we were the side roads in The Denes and Brinkburn Avenue would have been 20mph. Brinkburn Road would not go down to 20mph – the police would not support it.”
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