Work has started on a programme of schemes to further improve accessibility across the city.

The Seaburn Dene Access for All scheme is currently underway, creating dropped crossings in the area to give pedestrians safe places to crossroads.

The new crossings are being put in place to give residents safe routes to access areas with high footfall such as transport hubs, shopping areas, and doctors’ surgeries.

It is hoped that making pedestrian areas safer and more accessible will allow residents to rely less on cars and will instead choose to walk or use more sustainable forms of transport.

The work is currently being carried out in Seaburn Dene after a resident requested more accessible crossings in the area.

Seaburn Dene was made a priority when an investigation showed that the dopped crossings in the area required improvement, and officers are currently developing similar schemes to improve accessibility in locations across the city.

Deputy Leader of Sunderland City Council, Councillor Claire Rowntree, said: “As a council we are committed to addressing our residents’ concerns with I am delighted to see work start on a programme that will improve accessibility and road safety.

“Crossing roads safely is one of the barriers that local people with health difficulties can face on a daily basis, so I hope that this improved accessibility can help make day-to-day trips easier for everyone who needs them.”

The work is now underway now and is due to be completed next month.


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