Durham speed limit change decision due

DECISION DUE: Councillors are set to decide whether to reduce the speed limit on a road where a teenager died next month. Durham County Council consulted the public on cutting the speed limit on the A690 between Durham City and the A1(M) at Carrville last year, after 13-year-old Brandon Nugent, of Gilesgate, was hit by a car as he crossed the road in March 2011. Brandon was knocked over on a crossing point on the busy dual carriageway. A council highways committee is set to discuss proposals to reduce the speed limit from 70mph to 50mph during a meeting at County Hall, Durham, on Friday, March 8, at 10am.

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6:52pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Voice-of-reality says...

Though all such deaths are unfortunate - and thoughts of condolence must always go to the family - why should the majority be penalised for a single incident which was an accident. Keep the limit at 70 and educate people to take more care when crossing roads.
Though all such deaths are unfortunate - and thoughts of condolence must always go to the family - why should the majority be penalised for a single incident which was an accident. Keep the limit at 70 and educate people to take more care when crossing roads. Voice-of-reality

8:57pm Sat 16 Feb 13

sensible says...

I couldn't agree more! Whilst the loss of a young life is always a tradgedy, the speed of the traffic was not an issue, and never has been for the 40 (?) years it has been there!
The crossing can clearly be seen for several 100's of meters - there is nothing wrong with the road, the existing speed limit, or the visibility. Leave it as it is.
I couldn't agree more! Whilst the loss of a young life is always a tradgedy, the speed of the traffic was not an issue, and never has been for the 40 (?) years it has been there! The crossing can clearly be seen for several 100's of meters - there is nothing wrong with the road, the existing speed limit, or the visibility. Leave it as it is. sensible

8:31pm Mon 18 Feb 13

Gabii2091 says...

Your right the speed of the traffic isn't an issue, however if the car hasn't been travelling at the speed it was Brandon might have had a different incident. The crossing on a dark night can't be seen from a distance and as soon as you do notice someone your going to fast. I think the road should remain at 70 until a few hundred meters away from the crossing then it come drop to 50.
Your right the speed of the traffic isn't an issue, however if the car hasn't been travelling at the speed it was Brandon might have had a different incident. The crossing on a dark night can't be seen from a distance and as soon as you do notice someone your going to fast. I think the road should remain at 70 until a few hundred meters away from the crossing then it come drop to 50. Gabii2091

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