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Warning Cumbrian road is too poor for GB cycle tour

The Tour of Britain may have to be diverted away from a north Lakes tourist route because the road surface is in such a dangerous condition, a parish council fears.

Large crowds are expected to line the B5289 Borrowdale road, which runs along the side of Derwentwater, when it welcomes professional cyclists from the Tour of Britain on their way from Honister Pass to Keswick during Cumbria’s Carlisle to Windermere stage on Monday, September 16.

Borrowdale parish council is so concerned about the “appalling” unsafe state of the road surface that it is writing to Cumbria County Council and its Highways Department along with the Lake District National Park Authority, Cumbria Tourism and local MPs.

The letter says: “It is no longer a matter of if, but rather when, a serious accident will occur on this road due to its condition.

“The road has significantly deteriorated in the last two months.”

Referring to the scheduled visit by the Tour of Britain, it says: “Borrowdale parish council feel the condition of the road may jeopardise the chances of the event being able to be held on the B5289 due to safety considerations because of the condition of the road surface.

“The Tour of Britain has a very large economic and financial benefit (as proven when the event has been held elsewhere in the UK) and to lose this event and its associated benefits from the area due to the condition of the road would be very detrimental and extremely disappointing (not to mention making the area looking very bad in the publicity that would be sure to follow a route change of the Tour of Britain). This is a huge opportunity for Keswick and area. Let’s accommodate it and maximise its future benefits.”

The parish council’s letter, signed by clerk Becx Clark, says its current condition is “so bad that residents of the parish are considering direct action in terms of (putting up) signage at the worst defects.”

The winding and hilly road is prone to damage because of flooding, poor drainage and severe weather conditions as it passes through one of Britain’s wettest areas.

Besides being a popular route for tourists and cyclists, it is also regularly used by lorries delivering to many hotels along the valley. This combination has resulted in large pot holes and lengthy sections where the surface has crumbled away.

She emphasised that the parish council was very keen for the Tour of Britain to come along Borrowdale Road and that it wanted to find a positive solution to the problem via democratic methods by having the road re-surfaced in time for the cycling event.

“The parish council is concerned that if this road is not dealt with soon, visitors will be discouraged from coming.”

Have your say

Who is the person who decides where the road works should be anyway,like yesterday cones and 40mph speed limit put out on the M74 no workmen nothing just disruption and make no mistake we will be paying for this. I think someone needs to regulate the work on a cost effective basis, also 40mph is far to slow for a motorway and causes frustration! 50mph is bad enough especially as no work being done.

Posted by steve on 12 May 2013 at 08:17

Here we go again cyclists don't pay road tax!!!! nobody pays "Road Tax" its vehicle excise duty which is a tax for having a car, what about walkers horse riding etc they don't pay "Road Tax" either but nobody gets on their case and they do their utmost to avoid hitting them!!!!

Posted by albert on 10 May 2013 at 12:33

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