Public meeting hears speeding and pedestrian crossing concerns for Brinkburn Road, Darlington (From The Advertiser Series)
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Public meeting hears speeding and pedestrian crossing concerns for Brinkburn Road, Darlington
RESIDENTS living on a busy road in Darlington have raised concerns about the increasing volume of traffic, speeding and the lack of crossing facilities in the area.
Brinkburn Road has long been used by motorists to get from Cockerton and Faverdale across town, as well as providing access to the Denes and other housing estates nearby.
But residents say the traffic in the area is getting out of hand, amid fears that new housing estates planned for Faverdale and West Park will only make the problem worse.
Figures show that up to 8,000 vehicles a day use the road.
A public meeting attended by local councillors and Andy Casey, from Darlington Borough Council’s highways department, discussed some of the main worries.
A number of residents questioned the lack of pedestrian crossings along the length of Brinkburn Road and asked for light-controlled or zebra crossings to be considered, noting that it can take up to ten minutes before it is safe to cross.
Mr Casey said: “Brinkburn Road has a couple of refuges, but you have to have a certain level of footfall before you can consider crossings.
“The nature of Brinkburn Road, because of all the side roads off it, means that there’s no specific crossing point where lots of people gather. The road is so long that if we put some in, people would still not use them.”
Other issues raised included the difficulty of accessing the Oakfield Lodge estate due to backed up traffic at rush hour and the speed and volume of traffic using the triangular one-way system at Otley Terrace.
Mr Casey pledged to look at putting yellow ‘no stopping’ boxes at the Oakfield Lodge junctions and to look at the one-way system.
He said: “I’ve no idea why it was designed like that. Obviously, it would be very difficult to change the layout of the road, but I’ll take another look at it to see what can be done to slow the traffic turning into Ann’s Terrace and improve the pedestrian access.”
Parking congestion at the junction with Major Street was also raised, as was the possibility of improving access to Pierremont Road.
Residents are asked to submit their concerns about Brinkburn Road to their local councillor, who will feed them back to the highways department.
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