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A mini roundabout and pedestrian refuge is needed at the top of Dunston Bank, to assist pedestrians and cyclists going along Whickham Highway B6317. The pedestrian refuge at the top of Dunston Bank would work with the mini roundabout to allow pedestrians to cross Dunston Bank more safely, and in two stages rather than one. The refuge would reduce the number of dangers that pedestrians currently have to simultaneously cope with. Currently vehicle drivers are so concentrated in turning right at the top of the very steep Dunston Bank that they exercise poor clutch control and handbrake use and often roll backwards. They also pull out hurriedly due to the infrequency of occasions when there apparently isn’t traffic coming from both directions on Whickham Highway, and treat westbound cyclist as invisible. A mini roundabout would change priorities and reduce the risk of a collision with a cyclist. It would also slow down westbound traffic on Whickham Highway, so that cyclists will not be so intimidated to the west of the junction. The B6317 curves slightly to the left towards Whickham, with vegetation also blocking the view for drivers, so anything the slows traffic down will be very helpful, as it will reduce the chances of a cyclist being hit along that stretch, too.

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