Worried residents aim to fund signs to slow down speeding drivers

TRAFFIC: Elaine Nicholas with her daughter Francesca, seven, and family members Roxanne Davies and Jack Bowey at the crossing in Railway Terrace.
TRAFFIC: Elaine Nicholas with her daughter Francesca, seven, and family members Roxanne Davies and Jack Bowey at the crossing in Railway Terrace.
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RESIDENTS are aiming to raise £40,000 to pay for their own dedicated road signs after near-misses by impatient and speeding drivers.

Families in South Hylton have started a campaign so they can buy two signs which will flash at motorists if they exceed the 30mph limit on Hylton Bank.

We want everyone to be safer. The police and the council have been extremely helpful. We just want to get this done to slow people down.

Andrew Nicholas, resident

They say it comes after a series incidents where people using the pelican crossing near the Metro station were almost struck by cars going through red and amber lights.

Sunderland City Council is planning to put Vehicle Activated Signs (VAS) in place on both north and southbound sides of the road, which will be put in place on a rotation basis with other locations across the city.

But residents hope to get their own set complete with cameras which would run on a 24-hour loop.

It could mean if an incident happens and is caught on video, the footage could be downloaded and could help police investigations.

A petition of around 500 names has been collected to show the strength of feeling in the area, with police and the council supportive of the calls.

As part of the fund-raising drive, a fun day has been held, with the cash from the event at the Jolly Potter pub now being totted up.

IT consultant Andrew Nicholas, and wife Elaine, both 48, a housewife, are among those to be calling for action.

Elaine and their daughter Francesca, seven, a pupil at South Hylton Primary, are among those who have been involved in near misses on the road.

Andrew said: “We want everyone to be safer, but sometimes when these things have happened, it’s so quick so it’s difficult to report them.

“The police and the council have been extremely helpful.

“We just want to get this done to slow people down.

“The signs from the council would be on a rotation basis, but we really want our own dedicated ones so they’re in place permanently.”

A spokesman for the council said the issue had been raised at a Police and Community Meeting for the St Anne’s Ward, with plans for its signs now being drawn up and a timetable of work being put together.