Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Speeding Hotspot Set for Change

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Speeding Hotspot Set for Change

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Byline: DANIEL HOLLAND Local democracy reporter daniel.holland@ncjmedia.co.uk

ONE of Newcastle's busiest roads - and the city's speeding fine hotspot - is set to have its speed limits slashed.

Thousands of drivers are caught speeding on the Great North Road every year, and now its maximum speeds could be cut in a bid to improve safety for motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians.

Newcastle City Council bosses have confirmed that they are planning to reduce the maximum speeds all along the route, which runs from the city centre through Gosforth and to the A1.

That will mean a new 40mph limit between Claremont Road in the city centre to the Blue House Roundabout, followed by a 30mph section from Blue House to the junction with The Grove - all of which is currently 50mph.

There will then be a 20mph stretch on the retail section of Gosforth High Street between The Grove and Salters Road, back to 30mph from Salters Road past the Broadway roundabout and up to Brunton Lane, and then 40mph from Brunton Lane to the A1.

A spokesperson for Newcastle City Council said: "The reduction in the speed limits on the Great North Road and Gosforth High Street is being introduced following public consultation.

"The changes will help to improve road safety on this busy road, particularly for people walking and cycling. "We now need to go through a formal legal process in order to put the new speed limits in place and this is expected to begin in due course."

A speed camera positioned on the busy route, at the very start of Gosforth High Street where motorists are currently asked to reduce their speed from 50mph to 30mph, is well known as the most prolific in the North East.

Under the new limits, drivers will have to slow their speed from 30mph to 20mph at the speed camera location.

The Chronicle revealed last year that 3,798 drivers were slapped with tickets there in 2017, albeit that was an improvement from the 4,204 who made the same mistake in 2016. …

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