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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

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Public to be asked again about changes to Ulverston traffic flow

MAJOR plans to change the flow of traffic through Ulverston are set to be revived.

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CONSULTATION New Market Street in Ulverston. Inset, councillors James Airey (top) and Mark Wilson

The proposal – to reverse the flow of cars along Brogden Street and close Market Street and New Market Street to all traffic on market days – were presented to the public in February.

Now a new public consultation is planned for January in a bid to kickstart the scheme back to life.

Leading county councillor James Airey labelled delays in the implementation of the scheme “ridiculous”.

“This is something that was brought forward two years ago with public support yet which still hasn’t been sorted out,” he said.

“So much time has passed, in fact, that the public consultation has to be started from the beginning. People would have preferred to have been given a realistic time frame from the outset.

“This has instead been very frustrating for everyone.”

The plans were brought forward by Cllr Airey and former Cumbria County Council representative for Ulverston, Peter Horby.

New Ulverston representative Councillor Mark Wilson has now added his support.

The scheme was designed to increase safety along Market Street and New Market Street on Wednesdays and Saturdays when both roads were closed to some vehicles.

But residents, members of Ulverston Town Council and police in the town said there were too many exceptions to the rule – causing a danger to pedestrians and shoppers.

The new traffic system, if given the go ahead, would see only emergency vehicles allowed to travel down the two roads on designated market days.

Letters advising nearby residents, traders and UTC of the plans are now set to be sent out before a date for a drop in consultation is arranged.

Following that, work to install new signage could get underway in the spring, Cllr Airey confirmed.

“If the public are still supportive of this we could be looking at having this finished before the summer,” he said.

“We are going to keep on pushing for this and hopefully this time we will get results.”

Have your say

Put in a barrier with a padlock, too easy!

Posted by Billy Whizz on 7 January 2014 at 11:29

If Ulverston wants to be taken serious as a people friendly town,traffic must be restricted in the town center,see the speed some idiots do!!

Posted by N TUNNAH on 31 December 2013 at 08:12

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