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Sunderland street ‘plagued with dangerous drivers’

Stephen Gray, who is concerned by the number of vehicles illegally accessing the pedestrianised area near by ignoring no entry signs and signs clearly stating that it is a pedestrian only area.

Stephen Gray, who is concerned by the number of vehicles illegally accessing the pedestrianised area near by ignoring no entry signs and signs clearly stating that it is a pedestrian only area.

A CITY centre resident is calling for action to be taken after saying his local streets are plagued by dangerous drivers.

Stephen Gray claims that he has endured years of traffic ignoring a no entry sign in Lambton Street, near his home at the River Quarter.

The 63-year-old said motorists drive up the pedestrian road, endangering people’s lives.

He said he has called the police and council about the problem, but nothing has changed.

Mr Gray added: “I have nearly been knocked over three times.

“They deliberately drive up the street and park outside of the Gala Casino.

“I’ve lived here for two years and it’s been going on ever since I moved in.

“I’ve been told nothing can be done about it.”

Mr Gray, who lives at River Quarter Apartments, said he has been told by the council that they can’t take any action until someone is injured.

Coun James Blackburn, responsible for city services, said the council is taking measures against the dangerous traffic.

He added: “The Lambton Street Traffic Regulation Order allows vehicles to load and unload between 11pm and 11am.

“The council regularly enforces this order during daytime hours and in 2013 there were 31 Penalty Charge Notices issued in Lambton Street.

“In addition, at the request of the police, we have carried out evening enforcement if vehicles are found to be causing obstructions.

“Abuse of the one–way order is a moving vehicle offence, which is enforceable by the police.”

A spokesman for the police, added: “We are aware of the issues in the area around vehicles driving up Lambton Street and ignoring the no entry signs.

“Public safety in Sunderland city centre is a priority for us and we are working with the local council to enforce these restrictions.

“The area around Lambton Street is part of an ongoing operation for the local Neighbourhood Policing Team and is regularly visited and monitored by officers.

“If anyone is found to be driving illegally in the area then they face being stopped and action being taken against them.”

 

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