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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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Marsden Road, South Shields - Road Safety Scheme

Road safety issues along Marsden Road have been raised repeatedly over the past 10 years. There have been a number of accidents resulting in injury at various locations along the entire length of Marsden Road. Speed surveys indicate that the majority of drivers travel below the 30mph speed limit however, results show that there are vehicles travelling at excessive speeds.

As you may already be aware, on the 30 August 2017 an accident occurred on Marsden Road where sadly a pedestrian was killed.

At a meeting of the Community Area Forum (CAF) on the 12 October 2017 both local residents, Police and ward councillors expressed very strong concerns that action needed to be taken to improve road safety on Marsden Rd. Subsequently a public consultation event was held at Bulmer House where residents informed officers of their concerns. The main issues raised were speeding vehicles, pedestrian crossing facilities and parking.

Following the consultation event it was decided to look at not just the area of the accident but to look at the Marsden Road area as a whole. Officers then drafted a proposal whilst in consultation with ward councillors and the relevant statutory bodies including the police, fire service, ambulance service and nexus.

As part of Phase 1 of the scheme a new puffin crossing was installed on Marsden Road near to the Spar shop. The puffin crossing will provide a safe crossing point between the Aged Miners Cottages and the shop as well as children walking to the schools nearby.

The  proposals for Phase 2 were to introduce a change in speed limit in on Marsden Road and the adjoining roads to the north. The proposals consisted of implementing a 20mph zone, including the relevant terminal signs on the entrance to the zones, which will be supported by traffic calming, repeater signs and road markings throughout. This was taken to the Legal Consultation Stage where residents were given the opportunity to formally object / support the proposals

At East Shields and Whitburn Community Area Forum on 15th November 2018, a presentation was delivered which highlighted the results of the legal consultation with regards to the proposed speed cushions and change of speed limit. A total of 33 formal responses were received during the consultation 3 in support of the proposals and 30 in objection.

Options were then put before the ward councillors where discussions took place and the following option was approved.

Marsden Road will remain 30mph and the residential area to the north of Marsden Road is to be made a 20mph Zone. The proposed speed cushions on Marsden Road will be omitted from the scheme. In addition, 2 Vehicle Activated Signs (VAS) are to be installed on the western end of Marsden Road.

The plans below show the proposed scheme:

If you wish to comment or have any questions with regard to these proposals please send your comments to

A194 Western Approach, South Shields - Puffin

It is proposed to install a staggered puffin crossing across A194 Western Approach between living Waters Church and the Health Centre. This will provide a safe crossing point for pedestrians 24 hours a day.

The plan below shows the details of the proposed scheme:

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If you wish to comment on these proposals please send your comments to

Erskine Road Area, Hebburn - 20mph Zone

In our ongoing efforts to improve road safety in residential areas it is proposed to install a 20mph zone in the Erskine 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.

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If you wish to comment on these proposals please send your comments to

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

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  • Road Safety team
  • Town Hall and Civic Offices
    Westoe Road
    South Shields
    United Kingdom
    NE33 2RL

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