Traffic calming measures in Maryport to be reduced
Last updated at 14:02, Friday, 02 November 2012
A number of traffic calming measures are to be removed from Maryport’s busy Ewanrigg Road.
The road, which leads to two schools, the town’s cottage hospital and the Maryport doctors’ surgery, has around 13 calming measures within a quarter of a mile. They include two traffic priority systems, several roundabouts and speed bumps.
They have been criticised by local residents who claim they have added to traffic problems.
The changes will include taking out some road ‘cut outs’ and speed humps.
A Cumbria County Council spokeswoman said that residents had complained of drivers speeding up to “beat” cars coming from the opposite direction where the road narrows to one lane.
Cars were also parked too close to the cut outs, obstructing residents manoeuvring in and out of their driveways and forcing cyclists onto the pavements.
Elsewhere there were speed bumps within feet of roundabouts.
County councillor Keith Little said: “Buses have a hard time getting up and down the road. Residents have also said that often the buses and heavy lorries have to cross to the wrong side.
“We have carried out surveys and it does seem beneficial to remove some of the traffic calming. We will continue to survey traffic and if there is a problem we will replace some of the measures.”
He said work should start soon.
First published at 11:50, Friday, 02 November 2012
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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