County looks at traffic measures

MOVES are underway to improve the build up of traffic congestion near three Ponteland schools.

New yellow lines and No Waiting At Any Time restrictions are among the options being looked at by Northumberland County Council following a petition by residents in Linden Way which called for action.

They have been affected by cars going to and from Darras Hall First School in Broadway and Ponteland High and Middle Schools in Callerton Lane.

A county council report earlier this year said that parking tended to start either side of the ‘school keep clear’ signs on the north side of Middle Drive up to an hour prior to opening and closing times.

Space is taken up prior to the bus stop and up to 100 metres beyond Linden Way. Vehicles then move into the street where there is no footpath on either side.

All this creates congestion for moving traffic along Middle Drive by effectively making it a single-track road.

Funding for any works would come from Ponteland South member Peter Jackson’s small schemes allowance.

He said: “Before anything happens, there will be a period of consultation with residents to ensure that the final scheme fits with the wishes of the people who live in the area.

“This is definitely an issue which needs to be addressed. Emergency vehicles would struggle to get through the traffic at peak times.”