Ulverston traffic flow plan is back on the table

First published in News The Westmorland Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

PROPOSALS to change the flow of traffic through Ulverston are set to be revived during a public consultation this month.

It is hoped plans to reverse the flow of traffic along Brogden Street and the proposed closure of Market Street and New Market Street to all vehicles on market days will be backed by the public.

Coun James Airey put forward the proposals two years ago with the then councillor for Ulverston Peter Hornby.

New Ulverston councillor Mark Wilson has now come on board to support the scheme.

The new traffic flow system is designed to make Market Street and New Market Street a safer place for pedestrians on Wednesday and Saturdays.

There are some restrictions during market days but Ulverston Town Council, police and residents say there are too many exceptions, causing danger to people out and about in the area.

Coun James Airey for Ulverston West said: “On market days there are a lot of people out and about on the roads, children, elderly people and traders.

“The restrictions need to be fully implemented as without them it is just an accident waiting to happen.”

If put into practice, the new traffic proposals would see only emergency service vehicles able to drive down the two roads on market days.

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Letters informing traders and householders in the area about the plans have been sent out, and a drop-in consultation is also to be arranged to show people the proposals.

Coun Airey added: “Once we receive the results from the public consultation and hopefully have strong support for the plans, we hope to begin the work and have it finished by the summer before the town gets busy with tourists.

“Hopefully these new restrictions will also attract more people to the area during those market days.”

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