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Traffic lights installed to protect workforce

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Traffic lights and lane closures have had to be installed on the A695 near Blaydon to protect workers from dangerously speeding traffic - despite a 30mph speed limit being imposed. 

Improvement works at Beweshill roundabout near Blaydon have been compromised by motorists travelling through the work area at speeds approaching twice the legal speed limit. 

Workers have reported numerous cases of traffic cones being hit by cars travelling well in excess of the speed limit, throwing them into the area where crews are working. 

After the latest near miss, we've had no choice but to introduce lane closures and traffic lights in order to widen the work area and control traffic flows to protect the workforce on the road.  

Northumbria Police has also been informed. 

The traffic lights will be manually controlled during peak periods to help limit tailbacks of traffic.

Drivers are recommended to leave extra time for their journey. 

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18 February 2021

Traffic lights and lane closures have had to be installed on the A695 near Blaydon to protect workers from dangerously speeding traffic - despite a 30mph speed limit being imposed. 

Improvement works at Beweshill roundabout near Blaydon have been compromised by motorists travelling through the work area at speeds approaching twice the legal speed limit. 

Workers have reported numerous cases of traffic cones being hit by cars travelling well in excess of the speed limit, throwing them into the area where crews are working. 

After the latest near miss, we've had no choice but to introduce lane closures and traffic lights in order to widen the work area and control traffic flows to protect the workforce on the road.  

Northumbria Police has also been informed. 

The traffic lights will be manually controlled during peak periods to help limit tailbacks of traffic.

Drivers are recommended to leave extra time for their journey. 

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