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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Barrow street night time closure to begin

PLANS to close a Barrow street to traffic after 9pm will be launched on Thursday.

The focal point of Barrow nightlife is to be closed as a safety precaution at night times on weekends and bank holidays in a bid to ensure the safety of revellers.

Sergeant John McIntosh, of Barrow Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We’ve been in consultation for some time now with partner agencies regarding the best way to keep people safe and we are pleased to announce we are going live with the road closure on Cavendish Street, which is the hotspot for Barrow’s night-time economy.

“We are putting this measure in place to keep the people of Barrow and its visitors safe on a night out. This is a measure that can be found in other towns and cities and we believe it is long overdue.

“The closure will not only improve the safety of those enjoying a night-out but also create safe and efficient access to emergency services if incidents should occur.”

Road signs will signal the closure of the road from the junction of Cavendish Street and Dalkeith Street up to Dalton Road.

“The road can be closed from 9pm – 5am, although it is expected to close typically from 10.30pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, as well as the nights before bank holidays.

Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes said: “I welcome any measures that help increase public safety, and hopefully this will provide a safer environment for those wanting to enjoy a night out.”

Councillor Bill McEwan, Vice Chair of Cumbria County Council’s Barrow Local Committee, said: ““The council has been working closely with the police to implement an experimental order for a weekend night-time road closure on part of Cavendish Street. The number of bars and clubs in this area has increased in recent years and the local committee agreed to introduce an experimental order for safety reasons to reduce the risk of collisions involving pedestrians and vehicles. We will welcome feedback from local residents and businesses on the closure before the local committee decides whether to make the traffic order permanent.”

The street closure arrives at a time when Cumbria Constabulary are promoting their personal safety campaign whilst people are on nights out.

The campaign will encourage people planning a night out to follow this advice:

If confrontation arises, be responsible seek out security staff or a Police Officer and make them aware of the issue

Think: Keys, money phone, plans to get home?

Stick with your friends and look out for each other

Make sure you use licensed taxi services

Anyone who is a victim of a crime or sees suspicious activity is asked to report this to Cumbria Police on 101.

People can also follow Cumbria Police on Facebook and Twitter (@CumbriaPolice) where up to date safety advice and information will be shared.

Have your say

Something else the police can wash their hands of.Why not just close these drinking dens at a sensible time ie 1am.

Posted by Son of Barrow on 17 April 2014 at 16:41

Just out of curiosity, just how many collisions have occured to date to warrant this measure.
Can't ever remember Cornwallis Street being closed due to the risk, and there were far more revellers spilling on to the street there!!

Posted by GT on 17 April 2014 at 07:16

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