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Green light for new pedestrian crossing

Beach Road in Tynemouth where North Tyneside Council is installing a pedestrian crossing.

Beach Road in Tynemouth where North Tyneside Council is installing a pedestrian crossing.

A pedestrian crossing is to be installed at the site where a pedestrian was killed by a speeding driver.

Cabinet members at North Tyneside Council agreed at their meeting on Monday to install the crossing on the A1058 Beach Road, Tynemouth.

Roy Toogood MBE, 66, was fatally injured in February last year when he was hit by a car driven at “excessive speeds” by Daniel Brownlee.

Following the fatal collision, the council carried out a review into the safety of people crossing the road, especially concerning children attending the nearby John Spence Community High and Southlands schools.

As a result of the investigation, plans have been developed to introduce a signal controlled crossing on the road, around 270 metres east of the roundabout junction with Preston Road North.

Work on the crossing is expected to start in the next six weeks.

Coun Frank Lott, cabinet member for strategic transport and highways, said: “We believe this signal controlled crossing will not only make it safer for children and pedestrians to cross this road, but it will also encourage drivers to slow down and reduce the risks of any further accidents.”

 

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