A CAMPAIGN to stop speeding through a village has received a boost after a new 20mph speed limit was rolled out.

The speed limit on roads throughout Haydon Bridge was reduced from 30mph to 20mph on Monday.

Local residents and the parish council have frequently called for safety improvements in the village after repeatedly witnessing speeding motorists, with Ratcliffe Road being a prime spot for those flouting the restrictions.

The speed limit on North Bank and Station Road, near Haydon Bridge High School, has also been reduced to 20mph.

A spokesman for Northumberland County Council said: “This is part of a county-wide scheme to introduce 20mph zones outside all schools, where feasible to do so.

“It was also decided to incorporate Ratcliffe Road into the scheme as it already encourages slow moving traffic due to the amount of parking on it.

“The 20mph limit on Ratcliffe Road will also complement further planned safety works on this street.”

Elsewhere, work is now under way on a project install permanent average speed cameras on the A69 in Tynedale, between Haydon Bridge and Hexham.

Highways England confirmed in August that cameras would be installed at two locations along the A69, between Hexham west and Haydon Bridge, as well as in Cumbria between Warwick and Corby Hill, following a safety review.

In addition, a reduced speed limit of 30mph and temporary average speed cameras will be in place at Hexham, near the Bridge End roundabout, to ensure motorists and members of the workforce remain safe while the junction is upgraded as part of planned £30m improvement works on the trunk road.