New 20mph zones go live in Washington

BRAND new speed enforcement zones have gone live today as part of fresh measures to tackle driving offences.

Four 20mph zones are now in place across Sunderland and Washington to improve safety and reduce the risk of accidents.

The zones are located in Silksworth, Harraton, Oxclose and Hall Farm following public consultations with residents in these areas.

These are the latest zones from an ongoing programme of works across the city.

Aurora, Sunderland’s Street lighting and signing contractor, has now completed the work installing the new speed limit signs, with roundel road marking works continuing.

The city council is currently developing a new programme of 20mph zones in residential areas across the city, with work beginning in the new financial year.

Sunderland City Council’s Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for the Environment and Transport, Councillor Claire Rowntree, said: “We have listened to residents and installed these new speed limits in areas where we know speeding is a concern.

“We hope this will improve road safety by reducing the chance of accidents occurring but also the severity of injuries if an accident does occur. These schemes will help to further protect our city’s most vulnerable road users.”