Changes to “dangerous” junction

Councillors Alan Wright and Robert Oliver have got funding approved to improve the junction at North Moor Lane and Silksworth Lane.
Councillors Alan Wright and Robert Oliver have got funding approved to improve the junction at North Moor Lane and Silksworth Lane.
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WORK is under way to improve a Sunderland road that has become an accident blackspot.

The junction of Silksworth Lane and North Moor Lane is being widened to create three lanes instead of two.

Conservative councillors Alan Wright and Robert Oliver had an appeal for funding approved to make the changes.

The councillors say that buses have problems trying to turn safely in the junction, near Lakeside Village.

Coun Wright said that when the necessary funding was found, the second phase in the development would see a mini-roundabout put in North Moor Lane to slow down traffic.

Coun Wright, who represents St Chad’s ward alongside Coun Oliver, said: “The changes will improve exiting from the junction and particularly improve it for buses turning into Silksworth Lane.

“We’ve had about eight or nine accidents here in the last six months and, while thankfully no one has been seriously injured, the crashes still happened.”

The changes to the junction are being made more than four years after Conservatives first raised the issue with council officers.

The improvements have been welcomed by people living nearby.

Richard Maughan, 84, who lives in Buckingham, said: “I think it’s a good idea.

“It’s a very busy road that one. I’ve been here for 20 years and the traffic there has increased a lot in that time.”

Another resident who didn’t want to be named, said: “The biggest problem there for me is the speed at which people come along from Silksworth.

“The road would be all right if everyone stuck to the 40mph speed limit, but you see people doing 60mph and it’s dangerous.”  Coun James Blackburn, the council’s cabinet member responsible for transport, said: “We are currently undertaking some minor kerb works to alter one of the corners at the junction of Silksworth Lane and North Moor Lane.

“The improvements are being funded by Nexus as part of a wider package of minor works, designed to alleviate physical pinch points for local bus services.

“Any further junction improvements will be considered in the next financial year and appropriate consultation with ward members and the bus operators will be undertaken, should funding become available.”

Work on the first phase of changes to the junction is expected to be completed within the next few weeks.

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