Road review called over speed limit safety concerns

A 30mph speed limit could be extended on a Morpeth approach road to address safety concerns.

Town councillors have been asked to support the change on the A192 between the Stobhill roundabout and Coalburn Terrace.

There is a bus stop there, but there is no safe place to cross.

Coun Alison Byard

The road immediately next to the roundabout is 30mph, but changes to 60mph for a brief stretch before a 40mph limit is applied.

Concerns have been raised by a resident that it is dangerous for pedestrians, particularly children, to cross the road to reach a bus stop.

At Morpeth Town Council’s Planning and Transport Committee Coun Alison Byard shared the concerns, particularly as plans have been approved for 396 homes to be built beside the road.

“The police would welcome speed restrictions, but it is up to the county’s Highways department,” she said.

“I suggest that we write to them expressing our concerns about this stretch of road, which I hope will be reviewed when the new development starts to be built because there will be a lot more people in that area on foot. There is a bus stop there, but there is no safe place to cross.”

Fellow Stobhill member Dave Pope said the problem may be solved simply by moving the 30mph sign.

He said: “If you are leaving Morpeth along the A192, as you leave the roundabout the speed restriction sign is before the bus stop, but coming the other way you pass the bus stop before you meet the sign.

“That is a straight country road so drivers will feel that the speed limit should be 60mph, which it is. However, I think you could resolve the situation by simply moving the 30mph sign a few yards beyond the bus stop.”

The committee agreed to write to Northumberland County Council to request a review of the road.