More roadside traffic surveys to take place in Carlisle

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A new round of roadside traffic surveys will take place at three sites in Carlisle tomorrow.

The county council, however, is not saying where they will be so that drivers do not change their journeys.

Similar unannounced surveys last month caused a major outcry that prompted an apology from the authority.

They caused major congestion problems and the county said they would be suspended at key times to ease problems.

Tailbacks were so severe that Trinity School was forced to delay the start of an exam, motorists were late for work and commuters reportedly missed trains.

Cumbria council says it recognises the frustration and inconvenience caused by one particular census on Eden Bridge - and says it has learned its lesson.

"The delays on Eden Bridge were made worse by the inclement weather and two vehicles which broke down within a short space of time, requiring the vehicles to be ushered in to the closed survey lane on the bridge.

"Surveys at Warwick Road and London Road during the same programme did not experience the same problems and traffic was able to flow much more freely.

"Extra efforts will be made to ensure the free flow of traffic at each site on July 13 and officers will halt surveys if congestion becomes a problem," said a spokesman.

The surveys involve stopping a sample of drivers and asking them to answer questions about their journeys.

Each survey site is operated in one direction only, with interviews expected to take between two and three minutes.

Traffic controls will be provided by Cumbria police.

The surveys show how, why and where people travel across Carlisle to help make the case for investment in the road network.

"We do not publicise specific site locations as we need to capture typical travel patterns; understandably people may change their route which could distort the results," added the spokesman.

"Other data sources for travel patterns are available and were explored - such as Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras - but these do not capture key information such as trip purpose. Roadside interview surveys are the most reliable way of collecting this information."

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Will   M , Carlisle Saturday, 15 July, 2017 at 12:10PM
If they have access to automatic number plate recognition, then can they not record the plates of people passing the survey sites and send them letters asking them where they were going from and to instead of interfering with the movement of traffic?
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Anon   Anon , Carlisle Wednesday, 12 July, 2017 at 11:58AM
Surely the best option is for people to comment on social media the location of these survey sites early in the morning. This way the public can choose to go another way in necessary.
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mark   allinson , Carlisle Friday, 07 July, 2017 at 6:14PM
That's just typical of the council they won't say where they are going to do it and want drivers to go to work on the normal route and what get caught up in delays yet again but nobody will even find out until the day they are driving personally I think drivers should know where its going to happen so they can plan the journey so there is less chance of being late for work or appointments
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Angry   motorist , carlisle Friday, 07 July, 2017 at 5:21PM
it's your right to say "no comment" or "no thanks" and not answer the questions.
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