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Police hail safety benefits as traffic curbed in Barrow nightlife hub

POLICE have warned motorists about a scheme to close the main nightlife strip in Barrow to traffic which started at 9pm on thursday April 17.

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playing it safe Sergeant Gareth Jesson, left, and Sergeant John McIntosh in front of the new signs warning that part of Cavendish Street in Barrow will be closed to motorists at night time HARRY ATKINSON

Barrow’s Cavendish Street and the back streets surrounding it will be closed to vehicles between the junctions with Dalkeith Street and Dalton Road. The closure will apply from 9pm until 5am on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and the day before bank holidays, such as the Thursday and “Super Sunday” easter weekend nights.

Motorists who enter the closure zone will be given a £30 on-the-spot fine, though no penalty points will be added to their driving licence.

The street will only be open to emergency vehicles.

The scheme, rubbed-stamped last month, was drawn up by police and Cumbria County Council following safety concerns over how busy Cavendish Street has become at peak drinking times.

The numbers of people spilling on to the road prompted fears revellers could be involved in collisions with taxis and other vehicles. Police recently released CCTV footage captured in November to show the extent of the problem, which officers said begins to escalate from 12.30am onwards.

Sergeant John McIntosh, of Barrow police, said: “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, it will also create safe and efficient access to emergency services if incidents should occur.”

The closure, which will start as a six-month pilot, is similar to a scheme already operating in Botchergate, Carlisle. Sergeant Gareth Jesson, of Barrow police, said: “I remember Cornwallis Street in the old days before CCTV, but it’s not like that now. People are in closer proximity to each other in Cavendish Street but it’s a lot safer for people and this street closure will only add to that.”

Police and crime commissioner Richard Rhodes said: “I welcome any measures that help increase public safety, and hopefully this will provide a safer environment.”

Have your say

It's a great idea, it works great in Carlisle and will make it much safer for people on a night out.

Surely a 5minute walk to a taxi is better than somebody being in an accident?

Get in the 21st century complainants!

Posted by Anon on 20 April 2014 at 17:39

Daft idea which I'm sure would upset taxi drivers................

A '5 mph' speed restriction would have been more appropriate.

Posted by Shaun on 20 April 2014 at 15:13

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