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Thursday, 27 November 2014

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Heavy lorries and speeders blight West Cumbrian communities, residents claim

Residents living near the A596, which runs through Maryport and Aspatria, say their lives are being made a misery by heavy lorries and speeding drivers.

People in homes along the length of the road from Thursby to Siddick claim the vehicles, especially large trucks carrying logs, create continuous noise all day and most of the night.

Some have even had to change bedrooms to try to escape the misery.

Michelle Pike, from Garborough Place in Crosby, said she knew of people who had been forced to use different rooms in their homes.

She added: “We have had new double glazing installed and we are set back off the road but we still hear the wagons that speed through the village 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

Signs at the Thursby roundabout direct trucks to Workington via the A596. Residents want speed limits to be reduced and heavy vehicles to be sent down an alternative route.

Workington MP Sir Tony Cunningham has already asked Cumbria County Council’s highways department to look at reducing speeds in villages such as Crosby and said he would back any campaign to make the A596 safer.

Cumbria County Council and the Port of Workington released a map earlier this year to promote the idea of sending timber by sea. Sir Tony said he would back moves to get log wagons off the road.

Aspatria mayor Alan Reay said his council had been campaigning for action on this problem for years.

He added: “It is not simple though. If lorries are directed along the A595 from Thursby, they have to go down Ramsay Brow in Workington and turn right at the tight corner at the bottom.

“If they are diverted back up through Dearham, they then have to turn left at Netherhall Corner in Maryport, which would also cause problems.

“The only way is to use rail and sea and we need people to make this happen.”

Julie Harrison, who lives at Netherhall Corner and started the group Mothers Against Dangerous Drivers, said the powers-that-be had to have the collective will to make changes.

She added: “If the solution is to get the lorries off the road and onto the railway or the sea, then it can and should be done.”

Two years ago a parked vehicle at Moor Lea in Crosby was hit by a log truck which crushed it, spun it round and forced it through a wall at 5am. The vehicle’s owner, Claire McCallig, a Keswick solicitor, said that at any other time of day someone could have been on the footpath.

Deborah Palmer, of Crosby, who has a 19-month-old son, said she was concerned about traffic speeding through at 65mph.

She added: “We need the speed in Crosby reduced from 40mph to 30mph. There are houses on both sides of the road, a playground and a school. It is dangerous.”

Paul Young, who lives on the main road through Prospect and is a parish councillor, said: “The council has been trying to tackle this issue for a long time. It is not just lorries and cars either; we have problems with motorcyclists speeding through.”

A spokeswoman for Iggesund, which uses logs at its paperboard factory at Siddick, said the company would bring close to 100,000 tonnes of raw materials into the Port of Workington this year.

She added: “We are always interested in the development of volumes at the port where it is commercially viable and logistically practical.

“The hauliers who bring wood to the mill by road do so by approved and recognised routes and abide by the regulations that govern these movements.”

Have your say

Amazing !! The road was there before any of these people moved into their houses, so why buy a house on a busy main road if you can't hack it?

You can't sue for nuisance if you move next door to a nuisance.

OK, let's make the whole road network 10mph just to suit everybodys own personal circumstances then nobody will ever get hurt. Or anywhere. Slowly.

Better still, let's bypass everywhere or build one big massive flyover.

Or even better still, teach your children some road sense. Google green cross code. Thank you.

Posted by Derek on 13 November 2012 at 13:20

Both the A596 and A595 need some serious consideration by the powers that be to inject some proper transport networks into the west of the county full stop, because that's what is stopping business - I understand what the residents are saying and totally agree, but a wider bigger cash injection is needed to make them fit for the future. It takes over an hour now to get to Carlisle because of the increased traffic use on these roads.

Posted by Lee on 9 November 2012 at 21:28

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