New 20mph zones and improvements announced for Sunderland seafront

Councillor Mel Speding at Sunderland seafront

Councillor Mel Speding at Sunderland seafront

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MORE improvements and updates along Sunderland’s Seaburn seafront are set to begin later this month.

The works are the latest phase of Sunderland City Council’s regeneration project at Seaburn and Roker seafronts.

The latest stage includes the introduction of a 20mph zone between the Morrison’s and the Marriott roundabouts in Whitburn Road.

The council said essential repairs to the damaged Seaburn Promenade are also scheduled.

Councillor Mel Speding, the council’s Cabinet Secretary, said: “We’ve been undertaking a number of improvements, including major works on Roker Pier.

“Now, after the peak summer season, we’re getting on with more works along the seafront at Seaburn.

“The city council has made a commitment to regeneration, improvement and repair works all along our seafront.

“We undertook widespread consultation and these latest works reflect what people told us.

“That includes how people felt there was a lack of crossing points along this part of Whitburn Road.”

Tom Parkin, of Sue’s Cafe, is chairman of the Sunderland Seafront Traders Association. He welcomed the latest works.

He said: “The city council has been working closely with businesses and with residents for their views on what’s been needed along the seafront.

“These latest works are in line with this feedback and consultation. It’s all about what’s best for traders, what’s best for residents and what helps improve the overall seafront environment for everyone.”

Coun Speding added: “These infrastructure works are vital to improve the area for visitors and existing businesses. By upgrading the seafront environment and infrastructure, we can also help pave the way for the longer term and comprehensive redevelopment of Seaburn Ocean Park.

“The council undertook widespread consultation to get the views of local people on all these seafront works. Works already completed at both Seaburn and Roker have been widely welcomed and recently won a national planning and design award.”

The work programme gets underway week beginning Monday 22 September and runs into 2015. It includes:

Seaburn Promenade Repairs:

•Essential repairs to damaged areas of Seaburn promenade start in late September and will continue until early January 2015.

•During the works, the lower promenade area will be closed between the beach steps opposite Dykeland’s Road up to the Little Italy Restaurant.

•Due to the closure of the promenade the toilets at Seaburn shelter will be unavailable for the duration of the works.

•Alternative male/female and disabled toilets (accessible using a RADAR Key) will be available at the Seaburn Centre via external doors next to the Pullman Hotel. These will be available Mon- Fri: 8:30am - 8pm and Sat – Sun: 9am – 4.30pm.

Whitburn Road Improvements, Seaburn

•Contractor Eurovia Ltd has been appointed to deliver works to Whitburn Road to improve the environment for visitors, as well as delivering traffic and parking management measures.

•Improvements are being made to landscaping, widening footpaths, new street lighting, including feature lights, as has been delivered at Marine Walk, and plug-in points for events.

Sunderland City Council said public consultation on the seafront highlighted many people’s concerns for pedestrian safety, particularly for those wishing to cross Whitburn Road.

The scheme is introducing measures to make the environment safer for pedestrians.

These include improved crossing areas, a 20mph zone and traffic calming measures. Light controlled junction improvements and new parking arrangements are being introduced.