Campaign to reduce traffic on 'dangerous' Darlington street

A CAMPAIGN has been launched to reduce the number of vehicles using a Darlington street over fears it is a "death waiting to happen".

Robin Snowden, who lives in Stanhope Road North, is leading the efforts to try to reduce the amount of traffic using the street throughout the day.

A two week survey carried out in September by Darlington Borough Council highways department found an average of 6,753 vehicles per day use both Stanhope Road North and South – a figure which Mr Snowden believes is too high.

The 62-year-old said: “There are more vehicles using Stanhope Road than there are using the Darlington to Northallerton road at Croft. That is a main road; ours is not and is not built for that amount of traffic.

“There are parked cars lining the road on either side and lorries try to negotiate their way through on a daily basis.

“I have said it is serious and is a death waiting to happen.”

Mr Snowden is asking the council to consider ways of reducing the amount of traffic using the road, as commuters often use the street to cut between Coniscliffe Road and Woodland Road.

“If anybody came and looked out of my front window and saw the amount of traffic that goes past they’d be shocked,” he said.

“There is a car going past roughly every five to six seconds between 6pm and 8.30pm. I want to make it safer for everyone round here, as it is impossible to cross the road safely.”

A council spokesperson said the amount of traffic using the road is in line with other important links between main roads in and out of the town centre.

“We do not propose to carry out any works that will reduce the effectiveness of the road as a through route,” they said.

“To do so would cause congestion elsewhere and create issues for the residents of nearby roads. We can look at further waiting restrictions but this may affect residents’ parking.

“We would be happy to meet with Mr Snowden but do feel that we have addressed his concerns in our communications with him so far.”

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10:42pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Spy Boy says...

The traffic have to use Stanhope Road because the ring road was left unfinished. I use it regularly and have never even had a near miss. It's a busy road; end of.

The new road system on North Road next to B&Q is the accident waiting to happen. I've had about 10 near misses in the few weeks that it has been open. It's dreadful.
The traffic have to use Stanhope Road because the ring road was left unfinished. I use it regularly and have never even had a near miss. It's a busy road; end of. The new road system on North Road next to B&Q is the accident waiting to happen. I've had about 10 near misses in the few weeks that it has been open. It's dreadful. Spy Boy

11:34pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Darlotilidie says...

Simple answer here..... Yellow lines down the side nearest the park.
Simple answer here..... Yellow lines down the side nearest the park. Darlotilidie

7:10am Sat 22 Dec 12

Mike B. says...

I've lived on Stanhope Road North for 28 years. It is busy, but not, I think, dangerous. The parked cars on both sides of the road are advantageous, not just because it gives us residents somewhere to park, but because it forces the traffic to slow down, so we certainly (Darlotolodie) do not need more yellow lines.
I've lived on Stanhope Road North for 28 years. It is busy, but not, I think, dangerous. The parked cars on both sides of the road are advantageous, not just because it gives us residents somewhere to park, but because it forces the traffic to slow down, so we certainly (Darlotolodie) do not need more yellow lines. Mike B.

10:56am Sat 22 Dec 12

Senor says...

You can bet the answer will be no parking in the street.
You asked for it and you will get it.
You should remember motorists come before householders.
You can bet the answer will be no parking in the street. You asked for it and you will get it. You should remember motorists come before householders. Senor

12:30pm Sat 22 Dec 12

Darlotilidie says...

Ok then, lets go for residents only parking right up and down both sides of this road, majority of the cars parked in the non resident bays are people shopping in town, too greedy to pay to park in the relatively cheap car parks.
Ok then, lets go for residents only parking right up and down both sides of this road, majority of the cars parked in the non resident bays are people shopping in town, too greedy to pay to park in the relatively cheap car parks. Darlotilidie

1:25pm Sat 22 Dec 12

Mike B. says...

Actually, it works perfectly well as it is: a mixture of residents' parking, short stay (2 hours) and long stay. It means that visitors usually have somewhere to park because there's usually one or two spaces available, particularly at weekends, shoppers can park for two hours and residents have enough space for themselves. If all the spaces were residents-only the street would only be about one third occupied - even less during the working day. This would encourage passing cars and vans to drive faster down the road, which we don't want. It also makes it difficult for visitors.

It's all just fine as it is.

By the way, the Leader of the Council lives on Stanhope Road North, a few doors down from Robin Snowden.
Actually, it works perfectly well as it is: a mixture of residents' parking, short stay (2 hours) and long stay. It means that visitors usually have somewhere to park because there's usually one or two spaces available, particularly at weekends, shoppers can park for two hours and residents have enough space for themselves. If all the spaces were residents-only the street would only be about one third occupied - even less during the working day. This would encourage passing cars and vans to drive faster down the road, which we don't want. It also makes it difficult for visitors. It's all just fine as it is. By the way, the Leader of the Council lives on Stanhope Road North, a few doors down from Robin Snowden. Mike B.

5:42pm Sat 22 Dec 12

noctu says...

Mike B - But surely there's plenty of parking spaces in both the private and council owned car parks in the town, for the same price (and closer, too)?
Mike B - But surely there's plenty of parking spaces in both the private and council owned car parks in the town, for the same price (and closer, too)? noctu

11:48pm Sat 22 Dec 12

anharita says...

I live on Stanhope road and in my opinion it is the parked traffic that act as calming measures. Visibility is very clear for pedestrians and i have never witnessed a near miss. Stanhope Road is a main artery from Coniscliffe Road through to Woodland Road and perhaps unintentionally seems to form part of the Darlington ring road. If it's not broken don't fix it.
I live on Stanhope road and in my opinion it is the parked traffic that act as calming measures. Visibility is very clear for pedestrians and i have never witnessed a near miss. Stanhope Road is a main artery from Coniscliffe Road through to Woodland Road and perhaps unintentionally seems to form part of the Darlington ring road. If it's not broken don't fix it. anharita

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