Speed reduction plans for Durham death road

Dated 03/08/2011'Tragic teenager Brandon Nugent, 13, from Gilesgate, Durham, who was killed in a notorious accident blackspot while crossing a busy dual carriageway on the A690 in Durham. His mother Madeline Walker has called for the ancient crossing to be shut down.'Pictured with his mother Madeline.'See story North News' NOT AVAILABLE FOR PRINT SALES

Dated 03/08/2011'Tragic teenager Brandon Nugent, 13, from Gilesgate, Durham, who was killed in a notorious accident blackspot while crossing a busy dual carriageway on the A690 in Durham. His mother Madeline Walker has called for the ancient crossing to be shut down.'Pictured with his mother Madeline.'See story North News' NOT AVAILABLE FOR PRINT SALES

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A REDUCED speed limit could be introduced at the site of a road accident which claimed the life of a 13-year-old boy.

Brandon Nugent was killed crossing the A690 dual carriageway near his home in Gilesgate, Durham City.

His mother Madeline Walker called on the council to close the crossing, which is no more than a gap in the central reservation and has few warning signs to drivers.

A meeting of Durham County Council’s highways committee was told signage had been improved and vegetation cut back since Brandon’s death last March.

The road is a 70mph limit and does not meet the requirements for a 50mph limit because the junctions are graded, unlike the stretch of the same road through the Raintons, which has several crossroads.

Councillors voted to begin consultations on a 50mph limit, after senior highways officer Dave Wilcox advised them they did not have the power to impose a limit immediately.

In a statement read to the meeting, Brandon’s mother said: “Whatever happens, my son’s life cannot be brought back, and we as a family are still trying to cope with his death and move on with our lives.

“We are grateful for the improvements that have been made, but feel there’s a high chance this will happen again.

“The crossing will always be a dangerous one, day and night, and the best step would be to remove it.”

The meeting was told installing street lights at the crossing is not a good idea because the lights may attract more people, and a pedestrian standing in the lit area may find it harder to see oncoming traffic.

Mr Wilcox added: “In recent times, there has only been one other serious accident in 1997.

“Evidence suggests speed limits lower than a driver would expect are widely ignored, and the result of a car hitting a pedestrian is the same at 50mph or 70mph.”

The committee, sitting at County Hall, Durham City, voted to leave the crossing unlit, and to begin the consultations on a 50mph limit. Mr Wilcox said the consultation will take about six months.

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