Speed Management Plan consultation
We are currently consulting on an updated Speed Management Plan (SMP) and would welcome comments on its proposed content.
The SMP sets out how we will develop and implement our approach to speed management, including the setting of speed limits, thereby helping to minimise the number and severity of accidents.
Comments are welcomed from people living, travelling and working across the borough.
The Traffic Planning and Engineering Section is involved in five broad areas of work: traffic projects, traffic management and development control, traffic regulation and parking, road safety education, training and publicity and management of the School Crossing Patrol service.
A Speed Management Plan for Gateshead
Speeding traffic affects people in many different ways. In particular it affects their safety, making the roads more dangerous for all users, but especially vulnerable groups such as the young and the elderly. It also affects the environment, increasing the noise, intrusion and disturbance from traffic, and making it harder to cross the road.
A survey undertaken in 2003 indicated that 51% of local residents considered speeding traffic to be a problem in their area.
In the light of this, we believe that any responsible community must recognise the benefits of reducing traffic speeds, and take the issue of speeding traffic seriously. However, in so doing we also appreciate the importance of maintaining effective access on important through routes, especially to meet the needs of the emergency services and the local economy.
The Speed Management Plan has been produced in order to set out how we intend to develop and implement their approach towards speed management in Gateshead