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Friday, 18 April 2014

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Cumbria residents want speed limit cut from 50mph to 40mph

RESIDENTS in Cumbria are calling for new safety measures to be introduced on a road near their homes.

The concerns about the A592 were raised at a meeting of Cumbria County Council’s local area committee for South Lakeland.

Householders living along the A592 claim drivers reach excessive speeds on the road, making it dangerous for other road users such as walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

They would like to see the speed limit reduced from 50mph to 40mph, particularly around the entrance and exit to Fell Foot Country Park.

Committee member Rod Wilson presented a petition on behalf of those involved.

He told members that a meeting was also being sought with representatives from the National Trust to discuss the issue of people leaving their cars along the verge near to Fell Foot.

Residents believe a 40mph speed limit would be more in keeping with the government’s criteria for A roads in rural areas.

They now hope their case for a reduced speed restriction will be considered by Cumbria County Council’s highways experts.

Have your say

I really think the problem which needs tackling is the poor standard of driving.

Firstly the residents of those particular cottages themselves!

I have seen residents accelerate rapidly to overtake a cyclist only to turn L in front of them, nearly knocking them off.

I have seen them stop suddenly in the middle of the road then turn into a property without indicating their intentions.

I have nearly been hit myself, by drivers exiting the properties without ensuring the road is clear. Lack of visibility isn't the issue here. It is lack of observation.

TOP TIP...

If a car is waiting to turn up the Gummer's How road and is obscuring your vision, WAIT UNTIL YOU CAN SEE CLEARLY!

This is just a few of the incidents I can recall, involving residents of that group of cottages.

More generally, people seem to find it impossible to stay to the left hand side of the white line on that road. There is no need to cross it unless you are driving a 3 tonne+ vehicle. Panel vans and anything smaller can easily stay on the left.

Taken from the Highway Code:-
160
Once moving you should

keep to the left, unless road signs or markings indicate otherwise. The exceptions are when you want to overtake, turn right or pass parked vehicles or pedestrians in the road
keep well to the left on right-hand bends. This will improve your view of the road and help avoid the risk of colliding with traffic approaching from the opposite direction.

I regularly follow vehicles that wander all over the road and drive round RH bends with their vehicle straddling the white line.

There is no need.

It's just lazy driving!

The speed limit is fine at 50mph..
It used to be 60mph and that was fine too!

You don't have to drive that fast. Some of us can, in places.

I don't like speeding, I do like to make "good progress". It is more fuel efficient than dawdling along using lots of fuel to get up the hills, where another few mph allows one to drive more effectively.

I do wish more people would use their mirrors.. If someone catches you up it would be polite to let them past at the next opportunity. There is no need to keep other drivers held back all the way to Bowness or Newby Bridge.

There are several places where a courteous and observant driver can allow others to pass.

It seems there is a distinct lack of both courtesy and observation in general.

Posted by Bemused on 5 January 2014 at 11:11

Why is it that lot of drivers think that there are no speed limits and do what speed they like. I often been over taken when I travel at 60MPH on a main road and at 30MPH in a 30MPH LIMMIT in a town.

Posted by a yeoman on 4 January 2014 at 20:05

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