Opinions sought on speed for death road

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OPINIONS are needed on a reduced speed limit for a road 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 a few warning signs.

Durham County Council improved the signage and cut back vegetation after Brandon’s death in March, 2011.

The council is now considering imposing a 50mph limit on the 70mph stretch of the A690 from the junction with the A1(M) at Carrville to the Gilesgate roundabout.

John Reed, the council’s head of technical services, said: “These proposals are likely to affect a large number of drivers who use the A690 to travel in and out of Durham along with local businesses and nearby residents.

“We are keen to hear the views of all those who are affected and we are inviting people to contact us as part of the consultation.”

Highways committee councillors called for the introduction of a 50mph limit at a meeting earlier this year.

They were told introducing a limit needs careful consideration because experience elsewhere in the country has shown a low limit is widely ignored when the layout of the road suggests it should be higher.

A study by the council found most drivers drive at or below the current limit.

There are also fears a reduced limit would reduce the gaps in the traffic making it harder for pedestrians to use the crossing where Brandon was killed.

The first stage of the consultation process closes at the end of this month.

A draft traffic order will then be published, followed by a further period of consultation before the final proposal is put before the highways committee later this year.

To take part in the consultation, go to www.durham.gov.uk/consultation or email: northernareatechnicalsupport@durham.gov.uk

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