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Frustration over lack of action on West Cumbria danger road

John Hetherington lives on what he believes is the most dangerous road in Workington – but he claims that road chiefs are ignoring his pleas for a lower speed limit.

John Hetherington
John Hetherington

Mr Hetherington, 44, who runs Glyndale Kennels on the A596 at Castle Gardens, said:

l This year there have been five crashes over two weeks.

l He faces a £6,500 bill this year to repair his wall and railings.

l In 2009 there were 10 crashes in seven days.

He claimed the county council had repeatedly told him that the notorious stretch of road was “under review”.

He has been asking the council since 2009 to investigate how to make it safer.

Mr Hetherington was told on Monday that a case for a lower speed limit would be presented to Cumbria Highways.

But the county council said last night that this was just one of 800 requests logged as part of Allerdale’s community travel plan initiative.

Mr Hetherington said he was annoyed that a speed limit outside nearby Distington Crematorium had been lowered from 60mph to 40mph.

He added: “This is more of a major road than the Distington one. It seems they don’t want anything to do with our stretch.

“It affects my business when there is an accident. Customers can’t get in. There needs to be more information on the road for drivers.

“It would be great if the council would just write telling me why they won’t reduce the speed limit or even just have a meeting with me.”

Two electronic slow down signs were erected in 2009 but were no longer working, said Mr Hetherington.

He said he wanted the speed limit reduced to 40mph, new electronic signs in place and some road markings.

A county council spokeswoman said: “The request for a speed limit change at Castle Gardens has been logged as part of Allerdale’s community travel plan initiative, which holds around 800 requests in total.

“We are working through these requests and aim to carry out feasibility studies as a result. However, due to budget constraints we must assess whether the studies and requests are affordable.”

She said the council had implemented other measures to reduce the speed of vehicles including improved warning signs and ‘vehicle activated’ signs, but these were faulty and were being repaired.

She added: “Prior to budget cuts which hit the county council in late 2010, the highways team were carrying out speed limit assessments on all A and B roads in Allerdale. Unfortunately the budget cuts prevented these being completed.

“It is anticipated that the speed limit assessment will be completed during the course of the financial year 2012 /2013.”

Have your say

Hi,

I have been trying to get the highways to move a National Speed Limit sign out of the village as it is currently in an illegal position - highways told me this - for 2 years. They now just ignore my Emails, very poor. There will be a bad accident soon, if not a death.
I have witnessed many people who think the "quiet road" is safe let their children and dogs wander upon it not realising that at any minute somebody will come down the hill at 60mph.
The worst service I have ever experienced.

Posted by John Phipps on 22 April 2012 at 11:40

I don't think that a revised speed limit would change a thing. People either drive safely or they don't, those that don't probably wouldn't bother if it was a 30 or 40 limit there others would still be trying to make a phone call or read a text message as they drove around it. Higher driving standards are the key, not a new sign on the roadside. I have been around those bends hundreds if not thousands of times and always managed to avoid the walls.

Posted by Mark on 27 February 2012 at 15:31

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