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Friday, 19 September 2014

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Ulverston road campaign gets backing from leaders

PARENTS, teachers and politicians have thrown their support behind a campaign to improve safety on one of Ulverston’s busiest roads.

Throughout most of the day, Springfield Road resembles an ordinary street.

But during term time, in the mornings and afternoons, it can become a confusion of cars, coaches and pedestrians, as pupils make their way to and from school.

The amount of traffic at these times has prompted safety concerns for pupils at Ulverston Victoria High School and St Mary’s Catholic Primary School.

One dedicated safety campaigner is calling for traffic calming measures and a designated crossing point, similar to those seen outside Furness Academy in Barrow.

Gareth Nicklin, 37, of Quaker Fold decided to take action a year ago after an experience alerted him to the possibility of a fatal accident on the road.

He said: “I saw a group of girls waiting to cross. It was raining so I stopped to let them pass.

“They were being very polite and turned to wave at me as they crossed but a car was coming the other way at 30 miles an hour.

“Luckily it stopped in time, but it could have been a very nasty accident.”

A petition calling for a solution has over 2,000 signatures from worried parents and residents.

Mr Nicklin, who has a daughter in Year Eight at UVHS and a son and daughter at nearby St Mary’s, invited Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock to view the problem for himself on Friday morning.

Mr Woodcock said: “We need to move away from a situation where authorities are waiting for an accident to happen before agreeing to take action.

“If residents want traffic calming measures and a safe place to cross then it shouldn’t be a problem, they ought to be pushing on an open door.”

UVHS head teacher Denis Fay said: “It’s obvious that this is a very risky situation in the mornings and even more so at the end of the school day.

“I think it’s fantastic that we are hopefully going to move towards a solution to this issue.”

Cumbria County Council is collecting information on the speed and volume of traffic on Springfield Road.

The data will used to inform a decision on appropriate traffic calming measures at a meeting on Tuesday February 4.

Anyone interested in supporting the campaign can search for “Ulverston: A Safe Road for Our Children to Go to School On” and visit the county council’s e-petition website.

Have your say

Speed bumps are no problem, you know they are there, so you slow down - which is the hoped-for result! No shock absorbers are damaged if you drive over them carefully,and not at speed.

Posted by Joan Nicholson on 30 January 2014 at 18:04

Please, please don't put those hideous speed bumps in. Safety is important but maybe the issue would not be anywhere near as bad if parents stopped being obsessed with the school run and driving their children to school. I know some will need to drive but if you live in Ulverston then surely you can walk to school. Just a thought.

Posted by Ron on 21 January 2014 at 18:36

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