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New proposals to prevent drivers' dangerous right turns

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A community's long-held concerns over drivers making a dangerous and illegal right-turn could be resolved once and for all under new proposals.

North Ormesby residents, businesses and stakeholders are to be consulted on a plan to install traffic lights at the junction of Kings Road, Cromwell Street and Derwent Street.

The changes would mean the end of the current issue of drivers making illegal right turns from King’s Road onto Cromwell Street, putting pedestrians using the pelican crossing outside the Jovial Monk public house at risk.

The proposed scheme would include the removal of the pelican crossing and the introduction of an ‘all red’ stage, whereby all traffic would be stopped to allow pedestrians to cross safely.

Cllr Lewis Young, Executive Member for Economic Development and Infrastructure and also the ward member for North Ormesby, said: “Residents have long been concerned with the issue of lazy drivers making the illegal right turn onto Cromwell Street despite the clear signage.

“I have recently spent time with officers from Cleveland Police during routine enforcement where offenders have been fined, however with the cuts being imposed on the force by the Government they clearly cannot monitor this all of the time.

“Having heard the views of residents we have secured in the Council budget for the forthcoming financial year the money to reconfigure the junction.

“Middlesbrough Council’s roads engineers will be working up a scheme we can present to the North Ormesby community which we can use as the basis for resolving this problem together once and for all.”

Subject to the outcome of the public consultation exercise, it is envisaged that works to install the new traffic signals will be completed by March 2020.