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Thursday, 18 September 2014

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Drivers puzzled by new double yellow lines - across junction

Motorists have been left scratching their heads after double yellow lines were painted across a hospital entrance.

Workington hospital lines photo
The double yellow lines across the junction

The solid lines start at the top of Park Lane in Workington and instead of breaking off at the junction into Workington Community Hospital, they continue down the road to the top of Vulcan Park.

Maryport man Bryan Allred alerted the News & Star to the bizarre lines when he tweeted the paper: “Highways Agency goes potty with double yellow lines outside Workington Hospital.”

Whether Cumbria County Council’s highways team painted the lines intentionally, or merely forgot to avoid the entrance, remains a mystery.

Taxi driver Ray Cottier said he’s been driving around Workington since he was 17 and he’s never come across anything as peculiar.

“The lines have gone right across the junction – I’ve never seen anything like it before,” said the 53-year-old from Newlands Gardens. “I don’t know what’s happened there – it looks very peculiar.”

Marie Chambers said she thought it must be a mistake.

“Surely they did not mean to paint across the entrance – they must have forgotten to skip the junction.

“It just looks like a joke to me,” said Mrs Chambers, who lives around the corner at Oxford Street.

And taxi driver Ian Melville said: “It’s ridiculous.

“You can’t paint double yellow lines across the entrance of a hospital – what on earth were they thinking?”

A Cumbria County Council spokesman said today: “Prior to the hospital’s construction, double yellow lines ran across where access to the hospital is now located.

“During routine highway maintenance it seems a plan was used showing the markings as they were previously and unfortunately the external lining contractor mistakenly re-installed the old lines.

“It was a genuine mistake and we apologise for any confusion it may have caused.

“The markings will be rectified when the lining gang is next in the area - hopefully within the next few weeks.”

Have your say

The council had the lines removed the following day, were probably gone by the time they had written this article. Accidents happen, so what

Posted by John on 3 September 2013 at 16:49

So an old plan was used by the contractors. Not really an excuse is it? Common sense appears to be in short supply with road contractors and questions should be asked why they were given the contract. Embarrassing and ridiculously stupid.

Posted by Aki on 3 September 2013 at 09:57

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