Drivers using Burneside Road at Kendal are urged to slow down

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

MOTORISTS are being urged to slash their speed on a road used by schoolchildren, after one driver was clocked travelling at up to 80mph.

Cumbria county councillor John McCreesh has issued the plea to drivers on Burneside Road, Kendal, which, he says, is ‘an accident waiting to happen’.

He said the road, which has a 30mph limit, is used by youngsters walking from the Hallgarth estate to Queen Katherine School. Many of them, he said, crossed at the railway bridge, meaning they could not see, or be seen, until the very last second.

“Police were out a couple of times last year and put speed detectors on the road. They also caught some people speeding and they were prosecuted,” he said. “But despite all the police work, over 30 per cent of vehicles are still being driven at a speed that police would prosecute them at.

“For most roads in Kendal it is nowhere near 30 per cent – more like 10 or less – so this is too high.”

The automatic detectors have revealed hundreds of cars travelling at dangerous speeds, including a van recorded going at 80mph.

“The consequences of that kind of speed don’t bear thinking about,” said Coun McCreesh.

It is thought more cars speed as they travel away from the town centre. Now speed reduction measures are to be taken, which residents are currently being consulted on.

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Coun McCreesh said that plans were initially considered to make the road narrower, so that cars would have to slow down approaching the bridge.

But Cumbria Highways engineers have since recommended building a long speed hump on the road, which will also create a safer and more obvious crossing place.

It is hoped traffic calming measure will be in place by early summer.

Stephen Coleman, South Lakeland district councillor for Kendal Strickland, said: “One of the concerns raised by residents is about children crossing the road. But another concern is for pedestrians walking underneath the railway bridge.”

He added: “The sooner people get the message about slowing down the better.”

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6:56am Thu 7 Mar 13

hogheaven says...

Easy way to solve problem is to put speed bumps on this road. Only way to stop these dangerous drivers,policing is only a temporary measure.
Easy way to solve problem is to put speed bumps on this road. Only way to stop these dangerous drivers,policing is only a temporary measure. hogheaven
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10:01am Thu 7 Mar 13

I know nothing says...

hogheaven wrote:
Easy way to solve problem is to put speed bumps on this road. Only way to stop these dangerous drivers,policing is only a temporary measure.
Why penalise every driver buy installing "speed bumps".

Policing does work if the guilty ones are caught. There used to be a police presence on a regular basis on Burneside Road and it worked as no one knew when they would be there so most drivers kept to 30 mph, just in case.

I am not a fan of these humps they just ruin a decent road to slow a few idiots down.
[quote][p][bold]hogheaven[/bold] wrote: Easy way to solve problem is to put speed bumps on this road. Only way to stop these dangerous drivers,policing is only a temporary measure.[/p][/quote]Why penalise every driver buy installing "speed bumps". Policing does work if the guilty ones are caught. There used to be a police presence on a regular basis on Burneside Road and it worked as no one knew when they would be there so most drivers kept to 30 mph, just in case. I am not a fan of these humps they just ruin a decent road to slow a few idiots down. I know nothing
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10:11am Thu 7 Mar 13

hogheaven says...

I know nothing wrote:
hogheaven wrote:
Easy way to solve problem is to put speed bumps on this road. Only way to stop these dangerous drivers,policing is only a temporary measure.
Why penalise every driver buy installing "speed bumps".

Policing does work if the guilty ones are caught. There used to be a police presence on a regular basis on Burneside Road and it worked as no one knew when they would be there so most drivers kept to 30 mph, just in case.

I am not a fan of these humps they just ruin a decent road to slow a few idiots down.
You answered the question yourself , when you said" there used to be a police presence on a regular basis" with cut backs there is no bobby on the beat hence the speeders getting away with is as also they do with all the senseless damage to parked cars in Kendal by vandals.Nobody likes speed bumps ,Its a case of the minority spoiling it for the majority
[quote][p][bold]I know nothing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hogheaven[/bold] wrote: Easy way to solve problem is to put speed bumps on this road. Only way to stop these dangerous drivers,policing is only a temporary measure.[/p][/quote]Why penalise every driver buy installing "speed bumps". Policing does work if the guilty ones are caught. There used to be a police presence on a regular basis on Burneside Road and it worked as no one knew when they would be there so most drivers kept to 30 mph, just in case. I am not a fan of these humps they just ruin a decent road to slow a few idiots down.[/p][/quote]You answered the question yourself , when you said" there used to be a police presence on a regular basis" with cut backs there is no bobby on the beat hence the speeders getting away with is as also they do with all the senseless damage to parked cars in Kendal by vandals.Nobody likes speed bumps ,Its a case of the minority spoiling it for the majority hogheaven
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3:44pm Thu 7 Mar 13

BeckyakaLSM says...

As a mum of primary aged children who have to cross Burneside Rd to get into town the speed of traffic frightens me. It prevents them from being allowed to cross independently as its too dangerous.
As a mum of primary aged children who have to cross Burneside Rd to get into town the speed of traffic frightens me. It prevents them from being allowed to cross independently as its too dangerous. BeckyakaLSM
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8:14am Fri 8 Mar 13

in despair says...

Concerns about speed and the narrow footpath through the railway bridge have been raised regularly with SLDC throughout their proposals to heavily increase traffic on this road by building a lot of new houses in Burneside and opposite Carus Green.
These concerns have never even been acknowledged by the Lib Dem council or their planning staff.
LibDem Councillor Coleman has steadfastly refused to criticise the excessive housing proposed opposite Carus Green.
And yet we are constantly told councillors represent the local people -- only when it suits them and they can their picture in the paper it seems!!!!!.
Concerns about speed and the narrow footpath through the railway bridge have been raised regularly with SLDC throughout their proposals to heavily increase traffic on this road by building a lot of new houses in Burneside and opposite Carus Green. These concerns have never even been acknowledged by the Lib Dem council or their planning staff. LibDem Councillor Coleman has steadfastly refused to criticise the excessive housing proposed opposite Carus Green. And yet we are constantly told councillors represent the local people -- only when it suits them and they can their picture in the paper it seems!!!!!. in despair
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4:58pm Fri 8 Mar 13

life cycle too says...

hogheaven wrote:
Easy way to solve problem is to put speed bumps on this road. Only way to stop these dangerous drivers,policing is only a temporary measure.
Easy? You mean cheap and ineffective!
We have speed humps on our estate - the same cretins who drove too fast before they were installed continue to do so, even risking damage to their vehicles that could result in a catastrophic accident on the M6 later, while the conforming drivers face the inconvenience of having to negotiate the humps.

They are never maintained - the white warning paint on ours wore off years ago!
[quote][p][bold]hogheaven[/bold] wrote: Easy way to solve problem is to put speed bumps on this road. Only way to stop these dangerous drivers,policing is only a temporary measure.[/p][/quote]Easy? You mean cheap and ineffective! We have speed humps on our estate - the same cretins who drove too fast before they were installed continue to do so, even risking damage to their vehicles that could result in a catastrophic accident on the M6 later, while the conforming drivers face the inconvenience of having to negotiate the humps. They are never maintained - the white warning paint on ours wore off years ago! life cycle too
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5:17pm Fri 8 Mar 13

hogheaven says...

The cretins will always drive too fast but it does slow regular traffic down to a safe speed
The cretins will always drive too fast but it does slow regular traffic down to a safe speed hogheaven
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11:50am Sun 10 Mar 13

Gingery says...

If it's that bad surely that's enough justification to install a couple of Gastsos. Sure no-one likes them, but if people insist on driving that road dangerously then it should be stopped.

As a 'normal' non-speeding, reasonably aware driver I do find the flashing speed indicators on some roads to be a good enough reminder, and there did used to be one of those on Burneside Road near Kentrigg.
If it's that bad surely that's enough justification to install a couple of Gastsos. Sure no-one likes them, but if people insist on driving that road dangerously then it should be stopped. As a 'normal' non-speeding, reasonably aware driver I do find the flashing speed indicators on some roads to be a good enough reminder, and there did used to be one of those on Burneside Road near Kentrigg. Gingery
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