New 20mph zones at Sunderland schools

Sunderland City Councillors Stuart Porthouse (left) and Michael Mordey (right) painting road markings in the new 20mph zone in Silksworth, Sunderland

Sunderland City Councillors Stuart Porthouse (left) and Michael Mordey (right) painting road markings in the new 20mph zone in Silksworth, Sunderland

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Attempts to make the streets around Sunderland schools safer have been boosted with the introduction of more 20mph zones.

Sunderland City Council has introduced the zones at a further 13 schools bringing the total number of school 20mph zones to 18 - and more are planned.

Councillor Michael Mordey, portfolio holder for City Services, said: “Because of the large numbers of very vulnerable young people that are outside schools at start and finish times, the council’s aim is to introduce 20mph speed limits wherever possible.

“As we have seen increases in traffic volumes on our roads, so we have seen more traffic outside our schools.”

The new East Herrington scheme includes Balmoral Terrace, Warwick Drive, Arundel Gardens, Braemar Gardens and part of Charter Drive.

Coun Mordey said: “There has been research and there is evidence that slower traffic speeds helps reduce the risk of collisions and of any casualties and injuries. As most schools are in our city’s residential areas, introducing 20mph zones can have very positive benefits for residents at all times.

Joining Coun Mordey for a look at the new East Herrington roundels, was St Chad’s ward councillor Stuart Porthouse.

Coun Porthouse said: “Ward councillors very much welcome the introduction of the 20mph zone, especially following a number of requests from Warwick Drive residents to introduce speed reduction schemes. While this council and all councillors would remind all highways users to be considerate and tolerant, this scheme will also enhance other traffic calming schemes that the council is considering.”

The new school 20mph zones, which came into force as of Monday are below.

They are phase two of a wider scheme to make the roads safer.

More 20mph zones will be rolled out in other areas in the future as part of the on-going scheme.

1. Benedict Biscop Church of England Academy

2. Dubmire Primary School

3. East Herrington Primary Academy

4. Fulwell Infant School Academy

5. Hetton Lyons Primary School

6. Holley Park Academy

7. John F Kennedy Primary School

8. Ryhope Infant School Academy & Ryhope Junior School

9. Seaburn Dene Primary School & Monkwearmouth Academy

10. St John Bosco R.C. Primary School

11. St Michaels Catholic Primary School

12. St Patricks R.C. Primary School

13. St Robert of Newminster Catholic School and Sixth Form College.