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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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Call for experts to review main road near Carlisle

A councillor wants experts to examine a road where a man lost his life in a crash.

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Trevor Allison

Trevor Allison is submitting a report on the A595 near Carlisle – a route where a fatal collision led to the death of Daniel Staples, who was 28.

Mr Allison had approached parish councils along the road in recent months to get their views after fed-up residents said the route which connects Carlisle with west Cumbria was fast becoming notorious.

Mr Allison, county councillor for Dalston and Burgh, had been contacted by people living between Newby West and Orton Grange.

Just further along, between Cardewlees and the junction for Nealhouse, a crash involving a car and a lorry caused the death of Mr Staples, of Peel Street, off Wigton Road, Carlisle, on Tuesday.

Mr Allison said he could not comment on this crash but said he was “not surprised” to hear of a further collision after residents told him of a string of accidents in the last year.

He said the nature of the traffic had changed since roundabouts were installed on the route due to new developments, including the city’s western bypass.

Mr Allison said: “Something needs to be done.

“What I’m asking for is for a professional assessment of that route and whatever appropriate action is needed to make it safer.

“It could be a speed limit, it could be signs.”

The report will go to Cumbria County Council’s highways and transport working group. Mr Allison said the road was poised to get busier with plans for new homes at places such as Dalston.

Mr Staples, known to his friends as ‘Podge’, was described by his devastated family as a “loving, caring and fun-loving person”.

Dozens of tributes were paid on Facebook following news of his death.

Mr Staples died after the Vauxhall Vectra he was driving was in collision with a milk tanker.

Over the last year Mr Staples worked at Westlakes Science Park, near Whitehaven, for Shepley Engineers Limited, a specialist contractor servicing the UK nuclear sector.

He was employed as a cost and value engineer. His colleagues have been stunned by the tragedy.

The driver of the tanker involved in the crash, a man, 64, from Fletchertown, was not injured.

Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses to the collision to come forward. Anyone with information can call 101 and ask for PC Steven Wakefield at the Roads Policing Unit.

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