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Monday, 22 September 2014

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New plans to put brakes on speeding drivers in west Cumbria

Speeding drivers could be forced to slow down under a raft of new proposals to improve safety on Cumbria’s roads.

A review of speed limits on a number of routes in Allerdale has been put forward by Cumbria County Council.

The council has launched a consultation on the plans which have been drawn up following a close scrutiny of speed limits on every stretch of the A and B road network in the borough.

Changes are planned to 15 speed limits throughout Allerdale which could see existing restrictions either raised or lowered depending on conditions.

Road accident figures, traffic speed and volume figures were considered as part of the review, which also looked at the needs of pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders as well as all vehicle drivers.

Stretches of road which have been looked at include the A595 between Flimby and Maryport; the A594 Dearham to Maryport; the A5086 from Gote Brow to Cockermouth; the A596 at Northside Road, Workington; the B5322 at St Johns in the Vale near Keswick and the B5289 between Keswick and Seatoller.

Highways bosses have also looked at the B5302 at Waverbridge near Wigton, the B5299 between Fletchertown and Watchhill and Syke Road in Wigton.

Eric Nicholson, chairman of Cumbria County Council’s Allerdale local committee, said: “The council has carried out a comprehensive review of speeds restrictions in Allerdale, following a request from the Department for Transport.

“We are now consulting on possible changes to 15 speed limits before the proposals are considered by members of Allerdale local committee later this year.

“I would encourage as many people as possible to look at the proposals and let us know their views.”

A series of consultation meetings are being held throughout the district. They are at Workington Library on July 14; the United Reform Church in Cockermouth on July 15; Wigton Market Hall on July 16; Maryport Library on July 17 and Keswick Town Hall on July 22. All will run from 3.30pm to 5.45pm.

All consultation responses must be submitted to the council by August 22.

For a full list of areas being considered see www.cumbria.gov.uk/allerdalespeedlimits.

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