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Friday, 01 August 2014

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Hundreds back Cumbrian mum’s plea for road crossing

Hundreds of people are supporting a mother’s fight to get a pedestrian crossing installed on a dangerous road.

Siobhan Gearing photo
Siobhan Gearing

For the past month Siobhan Gearing has been tirelessly campaigning for a safe crossing on the busy stretch of the A595 at Parton and Loop Road near Whitehaven.

And so far she has gathered an impressive 400-signature petition and has arranged a public meeting with highways bosses.

Siobhan, who lives at Mirehouse, decided to relaunch her fight – started a year ago – after two collisions occurred on the road in the space of a few hours last month.

She fears that it won’t be long until somebody is killed, so has taken the matter into her own hands.

So far she has collected 163 signatures on a paper-based petition and a further 232 online. But the determined 26-year-old said she will not give up there as she will be once again hitting the streets this week knocking on people’s doors to get even more support.

“The road needs to have a crossing on it before somebody is seriously injured or even killed,” she told the News & Star. “I will keep fighting this to the end. I’m going back out to Parton and the streets around Loop Road to get more signatures.”

She has arranged a meeting for April 15 with a Highways Agency representative to tell him the community’s concerns and is hoping that people living in the area will attend – more details of the meeting will be made available nearer the time.

The Highways Agency said that they had previously investigated installing a pedestrian crossing in the area near to the Pelican Garage.

A spokeswoman said: “However, there are a number of places nearby where vehicles are turning onto and off the A595. Given these movements, it would be very difficult to find a suitable place to locate a pedestrian crossing which also would be where people want to cross Loop Road.

“However we would be happy to discuss the matter further with members of the residents’ committee and Cumbria County Council’s road safety team.”

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