Wednesday, 02 December 2015

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Talks to improve traffic problems on Whitehaven estate

Two schemes are under discussion with the aim of improving traffic flow on the Mirehouse estate in Whitehaven.

Mike Hawkins photo
Mike Hawkins

The areas of Calder Avenue and Mirehouse shops, on Meadow Road, have been the subject of a number of traffic-related complaints.

And Mike Hawkins, the Cumbria county councillor for Mirehouse, has called for action to be taken.

On Calder Avenue, the lack of parking is said to be a major problem, with cars being forced to park on the road, which leaves space for only one vehicle to travel through sections of the busy road at a time.

And at Mirehouse shops, the possibility of introducing a full one-way system around the central grassy area is being explored.

Mr Hawkins said: “We need to look at traffic flow to reduce congestion and increase safety.

“It’s especially important because, with Albion Square set to open in Whitehaven town centre, a greater number of cars will be using these roads.”

Mr Hawkins has raised constituents’ concerns to his colleagues on the Copeland Highways Working Group. A report has been prepared and members will continue discussions at its next meeting.

Mr Hawkins added: “The Calder Avenue problem has existed since the new one-way system was introduced around Foxhouses Road.

“A parking bay could be the way forward to have parked cars move to one side to allow two cars to pass at once, but something needs to be done.

“At Mirehouse shops, improvements have been made like the bus stop being moved and a new parking lay-by being built, but it’s possible that a full one-way system around the green would improve things further.”

A small section, from Whinlatter Road to the Meadow Road hill, is already one-way.


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