Talks on Mirehouse traffic flow
Last updated at 11:15, Thursday, 26 September 2013
TWO schemes are under discussion with the aim of improving traffic flow on the Mirehouse estate in Whitehaven.
The areas of Calder Avenue and Mirehouse shops, on Meadow Road, have been the subject of a number of traffic-related complaints. And Mike Hawkins, the Cumbria county councillor for Mirehouse, has called for action to be taken.
On Calder Avenue, the lack of parking is said to be a major problem, with cars being forced to park on the road, which leaves space for only one vehicle to travel through sections of the busy road at a time. And at Mirehouse shops, the possibility of introducing a full one-way system around the central grassy area is being explored.
Coun Hawkins said: “We need to look at traffic flow to reduce congestion and increase safety. It’s especially important because, with Albion Square set to open in Whitehaven town centre, a greater number of cars will be using these roads.”
Coun Hawkins has raised constituents’ concerns to his colleagues on the Copeland Highways Working Group. A report has been prepared and members will continue discussions at its next meeting.
Coun Hawkins added: “The Calder Avenue problem has existed since the new one-way system was introduced around Foxhouses Road.
“A parking bay could be the way forward to have parked cars move to one side to allow two cars to pass at once, but something needs to be done.
“At Mirehouse shops, improvements have been made like the bus stop being moved and a new parking lay-by being built, but it’s possible that a full one-way system around the green would improve things further.”
A small section, from Whinlatter Road to the Meadow Road hill, is already one-way.
First published at 11:09, Thursday, 26 September 2013
Published by http://www.whitehavennews.co.uk
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The whole of Whitehaven has a parking problem not just Mirehouse and Corkickle. There are simply too many cars which are left on the road and not parked off road. I think every public road should be passable to two way traffic but this is getting increasingly rare. I dread to think what will happen if a fire engine ever has to access some estates.
Isn't it amazing I mean it beggars belief.
The mirehouse estate has received an outstanding amount of money of late, new roofs, new cladding, re painted...roads re laid....and the majority of folk love of the state....and now traffic lights so they can get out easier...
The roads up by thornhill and Springfield where folk pay a premium in council tax are shocking and the traffic at the hillcrest junction are far worse than the mirehouse one...who and why does 'mirehouse' receive so much public attention and funding...
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