Renewed calls to tackle ‘blackspot’
Last updated at 11:21, Thursday, 03 October 2013
HIGHWAYS chiefs have called for action to be taken at an “accident blackspot” that was the site of a four-car crash last week.
Cumbria County Council has long pursued the Highways Agency (HA) – which manages the A595 – for work to be done to improve safety at its junction with Moor Row. And last Thursday’s accident – in which all those involved escaped serious injury – has reinforced the stance.
Karl Melville, the council’s area highways and transport manager, said: “Even prior to the accident, we were pushing for the HA to take action and introduce a right-hand turn lane – but they had decided not to pursue it.
“We aren’t saying if this would or wouldn’t have prevented the accident, but we will again pursue the HA for this work to be carried out.”
The council’s Copeland’s Local Committee agreed to support Mr Melville in calling for action to be taken. The committee’s chair, Frank Morgan, said it was an “accident blackspot”.
The HA said that it has recently upgraded signgage and road markings at the junction and will monitor their effectiveness initially, before deciding if any further action should be taken.
Jonathan Reade, asset manager for the HA, said: “The A595/Moor Row junction was examined as part of an annual safety review of the A595 and, as a result, the HA decided to implement improvements to increase awareness of the presence of the junction and reduce accidents. The HA regularly meets Cumbria County Council, and the possibility of introducing a right-hand lane has been discussed. However, we decided that an upgrade of the signage and road markings would be a more suitable and cost-effective option.
“The work was carried out in March 2013 and we will be monitoring the junction over the next 12 months to assess whether the scheme is improving safety at the junction.”
Cumbria Police is appealing for witnesses to the crash, which happened at 4.25pm and caused the road to be closed for almost four hours.
It involved a Peugeot 306, being driven by a 50-year-old man from Moor Row; an Audi RS4 being driven by a 40-year-old man from Frizington; an Audi Q5 being driven by a 51-year-old man from Beckermet; and a VW Golf being driven by a 34-year-old man from Whitehaven.
Only the Frizington man required hospital treatment, and was discharged from the West Cumberland Hospital later the same night.
Witnesses are asked to call Cumbria Police on 101 and ask for PC Denver Matthews. Alternatively ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
First published at 11:04, Thursday, 03 October 2013
Published by http://www.whitehavennews.co.uk
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My solution would be to create roundabouts at the top of mirehouse pond junction and moor row junction and make traffic enter and leave west lakes via the southbound lane only, cars finding themselves travelling in the wrong direction have only a few hundred yards to travel to turn round at one of the roundabouts. This solution would slow traffic to safe levels and allow safer pedestrian crossing.
I am not usually one to support reduced speed limits on main roads, but the corner, dip, hill and junction makes this area is dangerous to everyone whether on the road or walkers crossing it.I would suggest giving the road a 30 mph limit from the Science Park entrance until after the St Bees turning and then a 40 mph limit as the road straighten out on the hill up to Bigrigg. Perhaps, even 20 mph with warnings about pedestrians and a concealed entrance, a hundred meters around the junction itself as there is the bus stop and a long distance foot path crossing the road in addition to cars turning.This may not stop accidents, but would reduce the risk of death and the severity of injuries.
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