Calming cushions go-ahead

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COMMUNITY leaders have welcomed plans to introduce traffic calming measures on a busy main road through Seaham.

Durham County Council’s highways committee has agreed to the installation of speed cushions on the B1287 North Road, as well as a 20mph speed limit on the southern stretch.

The plans for the seafront road, between roundabouts at the Crow’s Nest pub and Byron Place, followed representations by ward councillors, Seaham Town Council and members of the public.

Town council parish clerk Mark Welsh said: “We welcome these plans. We have been lobbying long and hard for them. A number of pinch points were put in, but these caused a number of near misses with people trying to beat each other to get through. They have also been causing traffic congestion problems.”

Mr Welsh said there had been increased traffic caused by a rise in the number of tourists visiting the town, as well as recent housing developments.

The committee was told several people had opposed the scheme. One objection said speed humps “caused damage to vehicles”.

Dave Wilcox, county council strategic highways manager, said the scheme comprised cushions which did “not cause damage or constitute a danger when negotiated at a reasonable speed”.