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Thursday, 27 August 2015

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New speed limit on road near Ullswater

Councillors have approved a new speed limit near Ullswater where a new jetty is to be built.

A 40mph limit will come into effect on a section of the A592 at Aira Force.

Cumbria County Council’s Eden committee approved the limit to cover 100m south of the junction with the A5091 to a point 1.2km north.

A 40mph restriction will also be introduced on a short 160m stretch of the A5091 around its junction with the A592.

Ullswater Steamers are proposing to build a new jetty on the opposite side of the A592 to the main Aira Force car park.

A new crossing point will be installed as part of it and a council spokesman said the 40mph speed limit will improve pedestrian safety at the crossing point.

Martin Stephenson, chairman of the committee for Eden, said: “Installing a jetty at this location will lead to a big increase in the number of pedestrians crossing this stretch of one of the Lake District’s busiest roads so reducing the speed limit is essential for pedestrian safety.”

The costs of the scheme are to be covered by the National Trust and Ullswater Steamers.


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