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DEATH TRAP: Hexham mum faced “verbal abuse” from drivers

DEATH TRAP: Hexham mum faced “verbal abuse” from drivers

Tara Wright, Hexham, Image: LDRS

A worried Hexham mum has revealed she faced “verbal abuse” from drivers while trying to leave her home.

Tara Wright branded Allendale Road, in Hexham, a “death trap waiting to happen” earlier this year, as she appealed for measures to slow motorists down and improve safety.

And she has now formally requested help from highways chiefs at Northumberland County Council after handing over a petition signed by almost 700 people calling for action.

“There’s a really bad problem with speeding on this road – I get verbally abused by cars just by trying to come off my driveway,” said Tara Wright.

“With the new school opening, there’s now 2,000-odd children, I’ve got two children that now go to the school, and just crossing the road is becoming a really major problem.

“It’s even becoming a safety problem just walking down the road, because of problems with the footpaths with overgrowth and their width, combined with the speed of traffic.”

Hexham Middle School has now completed its long-awaited move with Queen Elizabeth High School to a new site on Whetstone Bridge Road, just off Allendale Road, bringing hundreds of pupils, parents and staff into the area every day.

While several accidents are believed to have been reported along the route in recent months, Tara fears many more could be going unreported.

In her petition, which had 674 signatures when she handed it over to the county council’s Tynedale Local Area Council, she warned someone could be killed on the road if action isn’t taken soon.

“You have built an amazing school, now safeguard the children that are going there,” the petition urges bosses.

“Make the pathways and roads around the school a safe place for them to walk, whether it is day or night.

“It is not just children that use the road and we also have to take into account dog walkers and pedestrians that use the paths regularly during the dark.

“I live with that fear every day, as do my neighbours, – I also don’t want to worry about my children going to school safe.”

 

Words: James Harrison, Local Democracy Reporter


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