Views sought on new traffic plans

The public's views are being sought on plans to cut the speed limit on a busy stretch of road in Sunderland.

Consultation has begun with letters, events and an internet site inviting opinion from motorists, pedestrians and local residents on whether to reduce the speed limit on stretches of Washington Road and North Hylton Road off the A19 in the north of the city.

The plan, being put forward by the city council, has been designed to incorporate environmental and traffic management changes in the residential areas through which the road passes.

Apart from a questionnaire included in the letter sent to the public, a link on the council's website and a public exhibition at the Bunny Hill Customer Service Centre will allow the public to asses the proposals in detail and register their views on them.

The respondents have a July 22 deadline to make their views known to officials.

The plans include putting in place a 30mph speed limit on Washington Road about 50 metres north of the bend west of its junction with Ferryboat Lane to a point about 50m east of its junction with Craigavon Road, and to extend the existing 30mph speed limit on North Hylton Road from Yewtree Avenue west to the western property boundary of Hylton Redhouse Primary School.

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