Speeds drop on danger road after fatal accident

The scene of a crash that killed Craig Walton at the junction of the A184, Sunderland Road, and Station Road,
The scene of a crash that killed Craig Walton at the junction of the A184, Sunderland Road, and Station Road,
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SPEEDS have fallen on a danger road where a man died in a horror crash.

Traffic speeding along Station Road, in East Boldon, has slowed in the last six months, members of the West Shields, Cleadon and East Boldon Community Area Forum (Caf) will be told today.

DANGER SPOT ... flowers at the scene of a fatal accident in Front Street, East Boldon.

DANGER SPOT ... flowers at the scene of a fatal accident in Front Street, East Boldon.

A survey at the junction of the A184, Sunderland Road, and Station Road, was carried out in April after Craig Walton died in a high-speed smash at the scene last year.

An inquest found Mr Walton, who was driving his brother’s Peugeot 407, could have travelled at speeds of up to 110mph before crashing into traffic lights and then a wall at about 5am, on May 5.

The results of the survey showed the average speed of vehicles heading into Boldon on the 30mph road was 37mph and 34.5mph heading towards Sunderland.

Residents asked for traffic-control measures to be put in place following the survey, which prompted the introduction of a sign which flashes at anyone going faster than the speed limit.

Those attending the meeting tomorrow will hear that since the sign was put in place earlier this year, average speeds have fallen below 30mph.

A report prepared by Trevor Mackie, from South Tyneside Council’s traffic services department, says: “A site inspection over a two-hour period on September 5 indicated an average speed of 26.8mph, a significant reduction.”

However, it seems that some vehicles are still speeding.

The report adds: “It was noted that although the majority of vehicle speeds were influenced by the flashing speed sign, some were still entering East Boldon from Sunderland Road at speeds up to 37mph.”

Mr Mackie’s recommendation is that speeds continue to be monitored at the junction and any vehicles found speeding are reported to the police to be dealt with.

The meeting was due to be held today at Cleadon Methodist Church in Sunderland Road, Cleadon.

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