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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

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Work to start on crossing at Cumbrian accident area

The fight to install a pedestrian crossing on a road in west Cumbria where two people died has finally been won – after years of campaigning.

Egremont accident scene photo
The A595 near Egremont cemetery is to get a toucan crossing

The Highways Agency confirmed work is to begin later this month on a signal-controlled toucan crossing on the A595 at Egremont cemetery.

Two people were killed when they were struck by cars after visiting their late partners’ graves and there have been other accidents.

Elizabeth Farran, 81, died in 2001, and 94-year-old Thomas Johnstone in 2010. And the following year, the town’s 14-year-old Crab Fair Queen, Brooke Drummond, had to step down from her role because of injuries suffered when she was hit by a car.

The Highways Agency starts work on March 24 on the crossing and the road between East Road roundabout and Clintz roundabout, will be lowered from a 50mph speed limit to 40mph.

Cumbria county councillor Frank Morgan, who chairs the Local A595 Liaison Group, said they had been calling for action on this part of the road for some time.

“I’m delighted the Highways Agency is now pressing ahead with this safety scheme,” he said. “The safety of all road users is our top priority and I believe introducing a toucan crossing with traffic controls and reducing the speed limit to 40mph will make a big difference in this area.”

The work will take place outside peak hours, from 9.30am to 3.30pm daily, and both northbound and southbound lanes will be affected with temporary traffic lights in place.

Peter Gee, project manager for the Highways Agency, said the crossing would help improve safety and make it easier for both pedestrians and cyclists to cross.

“The reduced speed limit will also benefit local residents in terms of reducing pollution and noise,” he added.

“Work will take place at off-peak times to minimise disruption to motorists, and traffic will be controlled by temporary lights during off peak hours.

“We would like to thank drivers for their patience.”

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