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Traffic management

Traffic management involves the use of a range of measures to help keep all users of the highway moving safely.

These measures are provided in accordance with Department for Transport guidelines. They include:

  • Speed limits
  • Traffic calming
  • Pedestrian crossings
  • School safety zones
  • Road markings
  • Traffic signs
  • Junction improvements
  • Cycle facilities

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Lawe Top Area, South Shields - Road Safety Scheme

South Tyneside Council is committed to reducing road traffic accidents and improving road safety particularly for pedestrians, cyclists and other vulnerable road users. In this instance the proposals will reduce the speed limit around a local primary school and the adjoining residential streets. In addition it is proposed to improve safe walking routes around Hadrian Primary School

The proposed scheme has been split into 2 phases:

  • Phase 1 - The proposals consist of the implementation of a zebra crossing on Bearing Street, and pedestrian crossing improvements on Fort Street. This is to make a safe route to school for Children that attend Hadrian Primary School.
  • Phase 2 - The proposals consist of the implementation of  a 20mph speed limit, including the relevant terminal signs on the entrance to the zone,  traffic calming on Lawe Road and Baring Street, repeater signs and road markings throughout.

The plan shows the proposed scheme: Lawe Top - Consultation Plan1.14MB

If you wish to comment or have any questions with regard to these proposals please send your comments to trafficandroadsafety@southtyneside.gov.uk

Talbot Road Area, South Shields - 20mph Zone

In our ongoing efforts to improve road safety in residential areas it is proposed to install a 20mph zone in the Talbot Road Area, South Shields.

The scheme will include the installation of relevant terminal signs on the entrance to the zone as well as repeater signs and road markings throughout.

The plan below shows the proposed scheme:

Talbot Road Area - 20mph Zone1.33MB

If you wish to comment on these proposals please send your comments to trafficandroadsafety@southtyneside.gov.uk

Cleadon Park Area, South Shields - 20mph Zone

In our ongoing efforts to improve road safety in residential areas it is proposed to install a 20mph zone in the Cleadon Park Area, South Shields.

The scheme will include the installation of relevant terminal signs on the entrance to the zone as well as repeater signs and road markings throughout.

The plan below shows the proposed scheme:

Cleadon Park Area - 20mph Zone870.78KB

If you wish to comment on these proposals please send your comments to trafficandroadsafety@southtyneside.gov.uk

Croft Terrace Area, Jarrow - 20mph Zone

In our ongoing efforts to improve road safety in residential areas it is proposed to install a 20mph zone in the Croft Terrace Area, South Shields.

The scheme will include the installation of relevant terminal signs on the entrance to the zone as well as repeater signs and road markings throughout.

The plan below shows the proposed scheme:

Croft Terrace 20mph Zone1.39MB

If you wish to comment on these proposals please send your comments to trafficandroadsafety@southtyneside.gov.uk

Frequently Asked Questions


What is traffic calming?

Traffic calming features are physical measures on roads used to reduce vehicle speeds. It can take the form a number of features including humps, cushions, build-outs and chicanes.

What is a speed cushion?

Raised rectangular mounds on the carriageway with tapered sides. They can be laid in a single, double can be one, two or three, depending on the width of the road. They are not as effective as humps but do give emergency vehicles and buses a smoother ride. Typical dimensions for each cushion 3750mm x 1600mm x 75mm

What is a 20mph Zone?

20mph zones are designed to be "self-enforcing" speed limits due to traffic calming measures which are introduced along with the change in the speed limit. Traffic calming measures along with signage and road markings are used to both physically and visually reinforce the speed limit.

What is a puffin crossing?

Pedestrian user friendly signal controlled crossing. The pedestrian signal is on the nearside next to the push button rather than on the far side as on a pelican crossing. The crossing has sensors which can detect if pedestrians are crossing slowly and hold the traffic longer if necessary. If a pedestrian were to press the button and cross or walk off before the green man signal the sensors will cancel the request.

What is a zebra crossing?

Zebra crossings have two sets of flashing amber beacons. They have an area of road between them that's painted in black and white stripes. Drivers are legally obliged to give way to pedestrians waiting to cross.

If I am not happy, how do i object to any of the above?

Formal notification of proposals will be displayed via a Legal Notice. The notice will be displayed on site and in the local press. During the notice period objection or support for proposals must be made in writing to the address displayed on the notice or to   trafficandroadsafety@southtyneside.gov.uk

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