New roundabout to make notorious Sunderland junction safer

Ex-Coun. Alan Wright (left) an Coun. Robert Oliver who have managed to get funding for a mini-roundabout at the juntion of Silksworth Lane and North Moor Lane.

Ex-Coun. Alan Wright (left) an Coun. Robert Oliver who have managed to get funding for a mini-roundabout at the juntion of Silksworth Lane and North Moor Lane.

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A NEW roundabout on a busy city road will keep residents and drivers safer, say campaigners.

Earlier this year, the Silksworth Lane junction with North Moor Lane was widened from two lanes to three after a spate of accidents during the past five years.

Now, plans to introduce a mini-roundabout and crossing refuge have been given the go-ahead by council chiefs.

Councillors were originally approached by residents in the area in 2005 to see if something could be done about the problem of crashes at the busy junction.

The speed limit on North Moor Lane is 40mph, something which residents in the area feel drivers regularly flout by driving at more than 50mph.

Former councillor Alan Wright, who used to represent the St Chad’s ward, said: “The main problem here was that until the junction was widened people were pulling out on to a very busy road.

“I don’t think there has been an accident since it was widened.”

Coun Robert Oliver, leader of the Conservatives on Sunderland City Council, said: “There was a really big problem with the buses and other drivers trying to get round them.

Coun Oliver added: “It’s been a long-term project and it’s been a big problem for a very long time.

“There have always been a lot of complaints from Lakeside Village and Silksworth residents about the traffic.

“I would think people would be pleased that councillors have responded to requests about it.”

Coun James Blackburn, who is responsible for city services at Sunderland City Council, said that a number of things would still need to be done before the further improvements are carried out and put in place.

Coun Blackburn said: “We widened the mouth of Silksworth Lane which has successfully improved the amount of traffic which can get out of Siksworth Lane.

“Design for a possible second phase, a small roundabout, is ongoing.

“There is likely to be some land acquisition, which will take some time and be fairly expensive.

“Once the costs are finalised then the proposal will need to compete for funds in the capital programme.”

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