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Durham death road limit kept at 70mph
“I JUST hope it doesn’t happen to anyone else.”
Those were the words of mother Madeline Walker today, after councillors refused to cut the speed limit on the road where her teenage son was knocked down and killed.
Thirteen-year-old Brandon Nugent died in March 2011 after being hit while using Kepier crossing, an old right of way across the A690 near Gilesgate, Durham City.
Durham County Council’s highways committee today refused to cut the A690 speed limit to 50mph, preferring to keep it at 70mph.
Afterwards, Ms Walker, who was unable to attend the County Hall meeting, said: “I was prepared for this. I don’t think anything I could have said today would have changed their minds.
“As a family, we’re trying to move on with our lives. I just hope it doesn’t happen to anyone else – and I wonder what would happen if it did happen again.”
Since the tragic crash, the council has erected signs on the busy dual carriageway aimed at making the crossing more obvious to motorists.
However, councillors previously refused to spend £30,000 on street lights.
Today, they heard officials believe creating a 50mph limit could cost up to £100,000.
Further, police had warned it would be difficult to enforce and the majority of respondents to a public consultation wanted the current limit to continue.
Gilesgate councillor Les Thomson supported the 50mph proposal, saying safety was paramount.
Coun Mark Wilkes questioned the £100,000 figure and said it “makes sense” to reduce the limit, for the safety of motorists and pedestrians.
Coun Alice Naylor added: “One life lost is enough.”
However, Coun Neil Foster said drivers got frustrated at other 50mph limits, leading to them taking risky decisions.
Keeping the 70mph limit was approved by seven votes to six.
Ms Walker had called for Kepier crossing to be closed. However, councillors rejected this idea in late 2011.
Today, she said: “The speed limit doesn’t concern me, to a certain extent. Whether it’s 70mph or 50mph, it’s six and two threes.
“It was the crossing I was concerned about. They should have taken it away.”
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