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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

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Speed limit changes proposed

Traffic could move faster on several Allerdale routes if plans to increase speed limits are approved by county councillors.

The limit could be increased from 30mph to 40mph on the A596 between Flimby and Maryport, the A594 between Dearham and Maryport, Gote Brow at Cockermouth and the B5299 between Fletchertown and Watchill.

On the B5322 at St John’s in the Vale and the B5289 from Keswick to Seatoller, 40mph restrictions could be replaced by the national speed limit.

Elsewhere, cuts to speed limits are planned.

At Branthwaite, Prospect and Oughterside the 40mph speed limits could be dropped to 30mph.

At Lowca Lane in Seaton and High Seaton, national speed limits could be changed to 40mph.

From Dearham to Harker Marsh new 30mph and 40mph stretches are planned in place of the existing national speed limit.

A council report said the changes were designed to improve traffic flow and management.

The council’s Allerdale local committee will decide on Wednesday whether to take the proposals to public consultation.

If that happens and no objections are received which are not then resolved, the changes will be brought in.

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