Tyne & Wear

Death of Brandon Nugent sparks study into crossing

Brandon Nugent
Image caption Brandon was a keen Manchester United fan

The family of a teenage boy killed on a main road in County Durham have backed a public consultation examining the safety of the crossing he was using.

Brandon Nugent, 13, of St Joseph's Close, Gilesgate, Durham, was with a group of friends crossing the A690 on 21 March when he was hit by a car.

He was using an old bridal path called Kepier Lane, which is split by the busy A690 route to Sunderland.

Durham County Council is asking residents whether the path should stay.

'Very difficult moment'

Traffic manager at the council Dave Wafer said: "We know local people in particular use the pathway and it is their views we are very keen to hear.

"We need to know if they want the path to stay, if they think the crossing could be made safer, or if they would be happy for it to close.

"We are also aware that this is a very difficult moment for Brandon's family, which is why we are only doing this with their knowledge and support."

The A690 is one of the major routes into Durham city, with the dual carriageway, which has a 70mph limit, carrying large numbers of vehicles from the nearby A1(M).

The four-week consultation begins on 8 August.

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