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Fight on to cut speed limit to 20mph on Workington estate

Residents in Workington’s Moorclose area have launched a petition to cut the speed limit on one of the town’s busy main routes from 30mph to 20mph.

The Moorclose Residents Group wants a reduced limit on Newlands Lane South, which runs past the Moorclose shops.

They also want to install traffic lights at a pelican crossing near the shops.

The move comes as 33 councils across the country are already implementing 20mph limits in residential streets as part of the 20’s Plenty for Us campaign.

The aim is to make 20mph the default speed limit across the country for residential areas.

Moorclose residents say that speeding drivers have turned a pelican crossing into a “hazard” for schoolchildren, the elderly, mums with prams and the disabled.

Residents, shopkeepers and schools have got behind the petition.

It will be sent to homes and businesses on Monday and will be presented to Cumbria County Council in the next few weeks.

Last April a disabled resident was narrowly missed by a car when he was using the crossing while out walking his dog.

Last Friday resident Tint Irving, 73, of Newlands Lane South, was hit by a car reversing out of his driveway. The driver was using his driveway to turn his car around and Mr Irving was left with cracked ribs.

Mr Irving said: “I’m behind the petition because this is a main road in a built up area. I’ve seen cars doing 50 or 60 mph.”

An 80-year-old resident of Newlands Lane South, who would not be named, said: “Twice I’ve nearly been hit on the crossing.”

Celia Holder, headteacher of St Gregory’s Primary School, on Furness Road, said: “Anything that reduces the chance of accidents to local children and anyone in the community is beneficial.”

Mohammed Hameed, manager of Moorclose Pharmacy, said: “I would support a reduction of speed on Newlands Lane South as it gets very busy at certain times. Both drivers and pedestrians would benefit from this.”

Councillor Stephen Stoddart said that he had witnessed speeding vehicles narrowly missing residents on the crossing.

Coun Stoddart said: “Newlands Lane South is a major road used by articulated lorries and takes a lot of heavy traffic.

“The crossing is an accident waiting to happen and we fear that someone will be killed if nothing is done.

“Ideally we would like lights at the crossing to slow traffic down.”

A spokesperson for Cumbria County Council said: “Should we receive any petition it will be referred to the county council’s Allerdale Local Committee for consideration by county councillors.”

Have your say

I am disgusted at this! I visit Workington and love going to school every day but now it is hazardous and dangerous. I am scared to go to school now! I've nearly been hit multiple times now and like the commnet above, i wear high vis jackets to go out in! This needs to stop. NOW!

Posted by Alana McMullen on 1 February 2013 at 11:27

this is dispiciable, i am discrased in the speed limit like. nearly got ran over the other day cos the cars where going to fast!:-( my life flashed before my eyes.. i now wear a high visable jacket in yellow even to go to the shop and play out in

Posted by mia-ryann smith on 31 January 2013 at 11:19

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