Resident raises concerns over 40mph speed limit on stretch of busy Sunderland road

A Sunderland resident is campaigning for the 40mph speed limit on a busy Sunderland road to be lowered following a HGV crash which destroyed his car.

Monday, 26th October 2020, 7:00 am

Peter White, 66, wants the speed limit on the stretch of Durham Road from the A690 Doxford roundabout to West Park, Herrington, to be reduced to 30mph on the full stretch of the road.

It comes after a crash involving a HGV on the A690 Durham Road, Sunderland, which wrote off Mr White’s parked car.

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West Park resident Peter White is campaigning for a reduced speed limit on Durham Road.

Northumbria Police confirmed that a HGV collided with a parked car and hit a tree at 9.45am on March 21, 2020.

Nobody was injured and police have confirmed that nothing suggests the crash was caused as a result of speeding.

Mr White has written to Sunderland City Council to call on the authority to reduce the limit.

Peter White said a number of accidents have taken place on Durham Road close to Doxford Roundabout, including the HGV pictured which caused a tree to fall onto his car.

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He said: “I want to see the speed limit on this stretch of Durham Road reduced to 30mph as it is a residential area and an area where there is a public park.

"People need to cross the road from housing areas to the park and the road is still fast at 40mph, making it difficult and dangerous.

"The speed limit has been reduced in other areas and I think it should be reduced here.”

Peter White's car was damaged after a tree fell onto it following a crash involving a HGV on Durham Road.

He added: “I am also concerned about the A690 Doxford roundabout as it is one of the busiest on the A19.”

Sunderland City Council confirmed that the current speed limit on the stretch of road is 40mph and said that work is ongoing to provide ‘additional capacity’ on the Doxford roundabout and A690/A19 junction.

A council spokeswoman said: “Over the last three years there have been three personal injury accidents on this section of the A690, however Northumbria police did not consider that speed was a contributory factor in these collisions.

“The Doxford roundabout and the A690/A19 junction is currently undergoing a series of improvements, intended to provide additional capacity for many years to come.”

West Park resident Peter White wants to see the 40mph speed limit on Durham Road reduced to 30mph.

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