Call for bypass in bid to halt Workington traffic chaos
Last updated at 13:06, Friday, 09 May 2014
A Workington councillor this week demanded a new bypass to cut congestion in the south of the town.
Hilary Harrington wants to see a new road built to take through-traffic away from Harrington, Salterbeck and Moss Bay.
The councillor, who represents Harrington on Workington Town Council and Allerdale council, said that traffic on the A597 was at almost unbearable levels. She added that the problem will only get worse, as more than 200 homes are being built across three developments in Harrington.
She said 20,000 jobs were on the cards with the planned nuclear power station near Sellafield, increasing the number of workers travelling that way.
Councillor Harrington has written to Keith Little, county council cabinet member for highways, asking to meet with the authority’s Allerdale local committee.
She said: “It’s getting ridiculous in Harrington. Now is the time to get some action on this.”
The problem came to a head last week when trucks carrying machinery to the Bellaport Gardens housing development in Harrington took three hours to get through because of congestion and parked vehicles.
Coun Harrington said traffic and parked vehicles on the main road contributed to the problem.
She said: “A bypass would have alleviated the problem of the traffic it encountered.
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“It’s getting to a point where it’s almost unbearable living in Harrington.
“The volume of traffic on the A597 makes life uncomfortable for people living in and around Harrington, Salterbeck and Moss Bay. It’s not just difficult for drivers but also for people trying to cross the road.”
Coun Harrington, chairman of Harrington Residents’ Group, added: “Distington has been bypassed, but these are the only residential areas from Workington and Whitehaven still on the main road.
“New road infrastructure is vital, especially with the Port of Workington and the heavy traffic that will be going down there.”
Coun Harrington has been calling for road improvements for eight years and said it was one of the biggest concerns for the residents’ group.
She has tried to get extra train carriages put on to take workers to Sellafield but said she was told Northern Rail did not have enough rolling stock.
The county council carried out a study into a possible bypass more than a decade ago and identified a possible route linking the A596 and A597 through Moorclose. It said yesterday that the southern relief road “continued to be a long-term aspiration for Cumbria.”
A spokesman added: “A major road scheme of this kind would require substantial financial support from the Government and/or the private sector, as the county council does not have the resources needed to build such a road.”
In 2003 costs for the scheme were estimated to be £6.7 million.
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First published at 13:00, Friday, 09 May 2014
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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The whole area of Beckstone bridge is a nightmare! The current double yellow lines should be adequate to allow the free flow of traffic BUT when people who I have seen only last week travelling some 400m by car from home on the school run parking on the double yellow lines. On the other side of the road there are other vehicles parked on the double yellow lines causing such a tight chicane that even small cars have difficulty in negotiating. Then around the corner into Moorclose rd traffic is backed up out onto the A597 this is caused by parking on both sides of the road which I believe there is a bylaw permitting parking on only one side, this due to it being a bus route. CCC should get a grip and sort this out with double yellow lines on one side of the each road and enforcement which is currently non existent.
The first question is, Why do we need 200 more houses in Harrington? There are loads of houses for sale in and around Harrington. The only reason these houses are being built is because house builders have found a plot of land where they can make a fortune selling unneeded homes.As for the crisis last week in Harrington, ten bypasses would not have eleviated that problem. The problem is that there is no parking facilities for car/home owners to park their cars except on the road. Parking both sides of the road creates a narrow lane for other vehicles to drive down so this causes a blockage which is worse on School days.Do not build a bypass and create rat runs, create parking facilities for residents. Sorry Hilary but a bypass is not the answer, better forward planning is the answer.
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