New lay-by improves road safetyPublished Thursday, 16th August 2018
A new lay-by on a Hartlepool estate is helping to improve safety by taking parked cars off a busy road.
It has been built on Merlin Way at Bishop Cuthbert in response to complaints from local residents.
Councillor Paul Beck, Vice-Chair of Hartlepool Borough Council’s Neighbourhood Services Committee and a ward councillor for the area, said: “Residents highlighted the issue of parked cars on this stretch of road as being an issue of particular concern.
“There has been a number of “near misses” as vehicles parked on the roadside can block the vision of drivers travelling in both directions.
Councillor Paul Beck (left) and Peter Frost, Hartlepool Borough Council's Highways, Traffic and Transport Team Leader, with the new lay-by in the background
“The construction of the lay-by shows how ensuring the health and safety of all road users is a priority for the Council. It also demonstrates that we are prepared to listen to residents and respond positively to concerns where appropriate.
“I would also like to thank staff in the Council’s highways department for their support in helping to bring about this much-needed improvement.”