Angry residents voice their frustration over Warwick Road plans

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Councillors and concerned residents stand together before attending a community drop-in session for the proposed road improvement plan for the eastern part of Warwick Road (A69) in Carlisle
Councillors and concerned residents stand together before attending a community drop-in session for the proposed road improvement plan for the eastern part of Warwick Road (A69) in Carlisle

Angry residents told Cumbria County Council that they "are not being listened to" during a heated meeting over plans for an extra lane on Carlisle's Warwick Road.

A public consultation was held at The Auctioneer, Rosehill, today - with around 40 people who reside in the area arriving en-masse at around 6.30pm.

The group expressed concern over safety in the area, claiming that the introduction of an extra lane would make it more difficult to cross what they said is already a busy route into the city.

Others said that the needs of cyclists had not been taken into consideration.

Jack Paton, an independent councillor representing Botcherby on Carlisle City Council, told the News & Star he did not agree with the plans.

"He said. You're going to go from a single lane, to a double and then back to a single. I don't think it's going to help alleviate the traffic.

"You're also losing the pavement and the trees to widen the road."

The floor was opened up to residents. Gaynor Duffy, who lives on Warwick Road, asked: "Why did we only find out about this last week, along with the rest of the public?

"It doesn't seem like you're listening to us."

The project - which if approved would see the road widened and an extra lane added between the Rosehill Industrial Estate and Eastern Way - is expected to cost £1m.

The money will be taken from a £4.6m pot that Cumbria County Council has secured to upgrade roads across the county.

The authority says the development would help to ease traffic congestion and improve access to housing and employment sites.

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Ian   Wride , Southport, Tuesday, 20 June, 2017 at 8:09PM
When people say, 'you're not listening to us', they usually mean, 'you're not agreeing with us'.
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mark   allinson , Carlisle Tuesday, 20 June, 2017 at 12:51AM
There is far better roads what the money can be used on this idea is just a total waste of money but what do you expect from a conservative council just like the stupid plan for a crossing at Carlisle castle nobody wanted it but the council still ignored what the people voted so why even bother asking people about the thoughts if you never even listen this idea will just cause far more problems for people living there and accidents will happen aswel
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Will   M , Carlisle Monday, 26 June, 2017 at 7:42PM
When did we vote on the Castle crossing? I don't remember there being a referendum.
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