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Saturday, 26 July 2014

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Study begins on dangers of crossing town’s Loop Road

SURVEYS will be sent out to residents to gauge their views on the dangers faced by pedestrians on Whitehaven’s Loop Road.

By Lucy Grosvenor

Local campaigner Siobhan Gearing is working on behalf of the Highways Agency (HA) gathering data on who crosses the road by the Spar garage – known locally as the Pelican – and when.

Surveys are being sent to houses on Loop Road, Bay Vista and the surrounding feeder roads.

This information will be given to HA which are conducting its own visual surveys to see if installing a safer crossing on the A595 is needed, and if so, what type.

Jonathan Reade, asset manager for HA, said: “This is a very good campaign and Siobhan is raising awareness for road safety.

“We will be carrying out CCTV surveys to get a better understanding of who crosses the road by the garage, where and at what times, the information in the surveys will further our understanding of the situation.”

The HA has also agreed, in principle, to a traffic island being placed on the Parton Brow junction to make crossing easier.

However with the flow of traffic turning onto the A595 from Parton, there are concerns as to where to place the island so it wouldn’t be hit by long and turning vehicles.

The junction is informally used by residents as a one-way system and the HA would need to confirm with Cumbria County Council if this could be made a permanent change,

“We don’t have any difficulty with the idea but would need to come to an agreement with the county who are responsible for the Parton Brow road to see if this would be feasible,” said Mr Reade.

Mrs Gearing said: “It is brilliant the community has got behind this campaign for safer road crossing.”

Have your say

I had this really great idea the other night, it's like a pelican crossing but you have to put money in to make it stop the cars. That's what you need here. I'm gonna patent this and make a fortune.

Posted by Maria Warner on 18 June 2014 at 20:04

Tunnel (underpass) or bridge, whichever is dearest. Then put a tollgate on it, so users pay. But seriously, it has to be a Pelican crossing. Coin operated. Put 10p in to stop the traffic, brilliant idea! I'm patenting that.

Posted by Claire Voyant on 18 June 2014 at 19:58

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