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Mountbatten Avenue, Hebburn School Safety Zone - UPDATE

Following the informal consultation in October 2021, the feedback was collated and analysed. The results show that although the feelings towards the proposals were mixed, the majority of residents want to see the scheme progressed.

The decision has been made to progress the scheme to the next stage. The Traffic & Road Safety team will progress with the public advertisement procedure which consists of notices placed online, onsite and in the local press with the length of the objection period being 21 days.

Details of the traffic calming proposals are shown on the attached plan:

Mountbatten Ave SSZ

The proposals well help to reduce traffic speed and volume within the area and create a safer environment for all users. 20mph zones/ speed limits are designed to be self-enforcing with average speeds of 24mph or below be the threshold; speeds on Mountbatten are currently higher so traffic calming would be required to bring speed within compliance.

Officers have ensured that all the proposed road hump locations have been chosen in accordance with design guidance and standards set by the Department for Transport. This is to safeguard that motorists maintain a constant vehicle speed and are deterred from accelerating and braking between features which results in a passive style of driving, at a lower but constant speed, contributing to lower noise levels. The chosen locations of each road hump will not be directly outside existing driveways to prevent any difficulty with vehicles accessing/ egressing a property.

The attached Legal notice outlines the detail of the proposals and also provide information about how to make formal comment:

Legal Notice 03-02-22

Posted on 3rd February 2022

by Traffic & Road Safety team