New plan to halt accidents at A690 crash blackspot

Stoneygate junction on the A690 between Sunderland and Houghton
Stoneygate junction on the A690 between Sunderland and Houghton
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CAMPAIGNERS have come up with an alternative plan to proposals which could see an accident blackspot junction closed.

Sunderland City Council recently launched a consultation with the intention of stopping all right-turning traffic at the A690 Stoneygate junction, in Houghton.

Coun Colin Wakefield.

Coun Colin Wakefield.

Between November 2011 and October 2014 there were 11 collisions that caused personal injuries, with the council saying now is the time to act and prevent any further accidents.

However, independent councillor Colin Wakefield says that to close the junction to all right-turning vehicles would be a bad idea, as it could cause delays for emergency services, restrict buses and cause disruption for those living in Newbottle.

After a number of public meetings with residents, Coun Wakefield is now proposing that a traffic-light system be put in place.

“This suggested junction will remove all of the negative points, whilst improving road safety and allow access for residents, emergency services, farm equipment and allow bus services to be returned to High Lane sometime in the future,” he said.

This suggested junction will remove all of the negative points, whilst improving road safety and allow access for residents, emergency services, farm equipment and allow bus services to be returned to High Lane sometime in the future,

Councillor Colin Wakefield

“The traffic light configuration will be simplified and therefore cheaper.

“The revised road layout would also allow Stratstone to consider better access to their premises on both sides of the A690.”

Coun Wakefield is now asking all of those in support of his plan for the junction to contact the city council.

Consultation on the closure option was backed by the city council’s Highways and Planning Committee on Wednesday, February 18.

Cabinet secretary, Councillor Mel Speding, said: “There’s a long history of accidents at this junction and the council has looked at different options.

“We now need to know what people think about closing off the junction.”

The consultation comes to a close on Friday, May 29.