Seaham speed humps to be bumped off

Durham County Councillors l-t Jennifer Bell, Ed Bell and Geraldine Bleasdale after meeting highways officers about the removal of thespeed humps on the sea front at Seaham.

Durham County Councillors l-t Jennifer Bell, Ed Bell and Geraldine Bleasdale after meeting highways officers about the removal of thespeed humps on the sea front at Seaham.

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PREPARATIONS are under way to replace hated speed humps along a seafront route.

The first phase of the rethink along the coast road in Seaham is due to begin at the start of next month.

An official consultation is to be launched within weeks on the remaining section.

The town’s county councillors demanded highways bosses take action after a public outcry and hoped a replacement scheme would be in place by the end of last month.

However, officials at Durham County Council have been working to finalise details before work can start.

Asphalt humps in North Terrace will go in the same spots as existing plastic traffic-calming measures, from next month. The zebra crossing, which stretches across both lanes, will remain.

Plans proposed to scrap the humps on North Road and put in new restrictions must undertake a three-month public consultation.

The council wants to cut the speed limit from 30mph to 20mph, bringing it in line with North Terrace.

Crossings and narrowing of the carriageway are also under consideration.

Dave Wilcox, the council’s strategic highways manager, said: “Work to replace the rubberised cushions on North Terrace with asphalt ones is due to start at the beginning of September.

“We have also now finalised proposals to remove the cushions from North Road and install other traffic-calming measures, including road narrowing and raised zebra crossings. We will begin consulting on these proposals within the next couple of weeks.

“If the scheme receives support from the public, the works will be complete by late October.”

The authority has said cash will be generated with the sale of the plastic humps when they are removed.

They replaced chicanes, which were deemed unwelcoming to visitors as they had to wait to get into the town centre.

Ten per cent of the £80,000 scheme was paid for by Seaham Town Council.

Members said they were not aware of the severity of the humps when they agreed to back the plans and supported residents and businesses who complained.

More than 750 people signed up to Facebook calling for action, with MP Grahame Morris backing the campaign.

Businesses on North Terrace and care homes have welcomed plans to reconsider the traffic-calming measures.

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