Plea to drivers to reduce speed on busy Kendal road

Children make their point during the protest

Children make their point during the protest

First published in News by , Reporter

PARENTS and children staged a road safety protest calling for drivers to cut their speed on a busy Kendal road.

On average, five ‘near misses’ are recorded on the Sedbergh Road crossing each week where the road currently has a 30mph limit.

Jason Blackstone, father to six-year-old Castle Park School pupil, Samuel, headed the after school campaign.

“Is it going to take someone being killed before something is done,” said Mr Blackstone.

“The amount of near misses that occur every day is just far too frequent.

“The volume of traffic from the motorway to Kendal is massive, simply because it’s the quickest way in, but unfortunately the majority of drivers aren’t cutting their speed.

“We cannot afford to sit around and wait for something to happen before changes are made.”

The group held signs to the traffic displaying the slogans ‘Keep us Safe’ and ‘Slow Down for a Happy Town’, provoking a mixed reaction from motorists.

“We have managed to slow some drivers down today but even in the last 25 minutes we have had two near misses on the crossing,” Mr Blackstone said. Residents are calling for a traffic light system to be installed to stop cars accelerating down the 40mph Castle Green hill at the top of Sedbergh Road.

Supporters are hoping to work with local schools to make the area safer not only for children, but for elderly pedestrians and dog walkers.

Castle Park head teacher Helen Robinson said: “Ultimately we want something to make drivers aware that there is a crossing here. Children don’t have any other choice but to cross here for school and we need to do more to protect their safety as well as the safety of people living in the area.”

Kendal town councillor Austen Robinson, who has lived in the area for 30 years, sympathised with the campaigners' concerns. He said: “I think a traffic light crossing may be the only possible solution. It is deceptively difficult to spot the crossing as it stands at the moment” said Mr Robinson.

A spokesperson for Cumbria County Council said: “Improvements were made to the zebra crossing on Sedbergh Road about three years ago, including new signs and road markings advising drivers to slow down, and upgrading the belisha beacons at the crossing, making them more visible to drivers.

“Our accident records show there have been no reported accidents at this location, and we have no plans at present to make changes to the crossing.”

Comments (16)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

4:35pm Thu 21 Nov 13

Guanajuato says...

"Our accident records show there have been no reported accidents at this location"
But lots of near misses reported. In an industrial situation, not recording near misses is a criminal offence. If an accident occurs and its found out that near misses occur, the directors of the company can end up in court for negligence. Does this apply to spokespersons for the county council too?

They used the same response to my concerns about the signage and profusion of crossings along Stramongate Bridge to the corner of New road last year. Hope the lad who was knocked down is doing OK. No doubt they've got no record of that.

They used the same response when I and several other people made comments about the positioning of the crossing on Blackhall road by the bus station. Cars turning out of the westmorland centre frequently mount the pavement, and drivers cannot properly see the lights from the exit. A German lady got a special trip to Lancaster whilst on holiday as a result.

I've yet to have a response about the silly location of the new crossing on Kirkland. I've witnessed several near misses in the few months its been operational. I've heard of other people witnessing near misses too. Clearly dangerous. But there's no record of accidents.

The competancy of their risk assessments is lacking. The protective measure against motorists hitting a pedestrian by going through a red light? "Motorists should not go through red lights". Good job the oil & chemicals industries don't use their level of vigour.
"Our accident records show there have been no reported accidents at this location" But lots of near misses reported. In an industrial situation, not recording near misses is a criminal offence. If an accident occurs and its found out that near misses occur, the directors of the company can end up in court for negligence. Does this apply to spokespersons for the county council too? They used the same response to my concerns about the signage and profusion of crossings along Stramongate Bridge to the corner of New road last year. Hope the lad who was knocked down is doing OK. No doubt they've got no record of that. They used the same response when I and several other people made comments about the positioning of the crossing on Blackhall road by the bus station. Cars turning out of the westmorland centre frequently mount the pavement, and drivers cannot properly see the lights from the exit. A German lady got a special trip to Lancaster whilst on holiday as a result. I've yet to have a response about the silly location of the new crossing on Kirkland. I've witnessed several near misses in the few months its been operational. I've heard of other people witnessing near misses too. Clearly dangerous. But there's no record of accidents. The competancy of their risk assessments is lacking. The protective measure against motorists hitting a pedestrian by going through a red light? "Motorists should not go through red lights". Good job the oil & chemicals industries don't use their level of vigour. Guanajuato
  • Score: 2

4:52pm Thu 21 Nov 13

stevielaw says...

I received the same response when I complained via Tim Farron when I was nearly mown down for the second time in a couple of months on the Zebra Crossing on Aynam Road. Simply not good enough just to say no accidents so no action. It is more by good luck than good management that accidents havent occurred. Sort it out Cumbria County Council, you have got enough cars parked up at County Hall with CCC written all over them get them out on the roads observing what happens at blackspots where people report near misses.
I received the same response when I complained via Tim Farron when I was nearly mown down for the second time in a couple of months on the Zebra Crossing on Aynam Road. Simply not good enough just to say no accidents so no action. It is more by good luck than good management that accidents havent occurred. Sort it out Cumbria County Council, you have got enough cars parked up at County Hall with CCC written all over them get them out on the roads observing what happens at blackspots where people report near misses. stevielaw
  • Score: 2

8:05pm Thu 21 Nov 13

Cas220 says...

I have always wondered why there is a 40mph section just up the road from this crossing, cars are then expected to slow down as they come downhill and round the corner. I would have thought a reasonably easy step would be to reduce the speed earlier on up the road. This is also a prime location for a camera.
I have always wondered why there is a 40mph section just up the road from this crossing, cars are then expected to slow down as they come downhill and round the corner. I would have thought a reasonably easy step would be to reduce the speed earlier on up the road. This is also a prime location for a camera. Cas220
  • Score: -2

9:33pm Thu 21 Nov 13

Lakeuk says...

Too many drivers don't have a clue on the highway code that you MUST stop for pedestrians at a zebra cross. Happens to me regularly on my lunchtime walks, usually by old drivers or BMW / Audi drivers
Too many drivers don't have a clue on the highway code that you MUST stop for pedestrians at a zebra cross. Happens to me regularly on my lunchtime walks, usually by old drivers or BMW / Audi drivers Lakeuk
  • Score: 4

11:40pm Thu 21 Nov 13

Kendmoor says...

Absolutely agree LakeUK! Though it looks like a few of those BMW/Audi types are browsing this article by the looks of your thumbs down!

Just walk out anyway - the look of irritation on their faces as they are forced to stop at a crossing is absolutely priceless! "You made my beautiful car and I stop! How DARE you!" ;)
Absolutely agree LakeUK! Though it looks like a few of those BMW/Audi types are browsing this article by the looks of your thumbs down! Just walk out anyway - the look of irritation on their faces as they are forced to stop at a crossing is absolutely priceless! "You made my beautiful car and I stop! How DARE you!" ;) Kendmoor
  • Score: -3

2:41am Fri 22 Nov 13

life cycle too says...

Absolutely right Guanajuato.
Such a "head in the sand" approach will inevitably lead to a more serious incident which COULD have been prevented... and as you rightly point out, it is all too prevalent in councils and other authoritative bodies.

I got the same when I suggested the 30 mph limit as you enter Windermere on the A591 was too close and should be moved to the brow of the hill, before vehicles have picked up speed after the climb out of Bannerigg!

A VAS sign which flashes up your speed would also be helpful at this location I think, and they are not expensive in the grand scheme of things.
Absolutely right Guanajuato. Such a "head in the sand" approach will inevitably lead to a more serious incident which COULD have been prevented... and as you rightly point out, it is all too prevalent in councils and other authoritative bodies. I got the same when I suggested the 30 mph limit as you enter Windermere on the A591 was too close and should be moved to the brow of the hill, before vehicles have picked up speed after the climb out of Bannerigg! A VAS sign which flashes up your speed would also be helpful at this location I think, and they are not expensive in the grand scheme of things. life cycle too
  • Score: -2

12:14pm Fri 22 Nov 13

Spotty Fish says...

I think some of the so called "professional" drivers in Kendal should think twice about the speeds they do around town. I followed a Mazda taxi along Aynam Road a couple of nights ago and as it shot past me I thought I'd keep up to see how fast he was going. At 40mph plus, it was still pulling away from me! Travel at 30 and you feel like you're holding everyone up. I would be very nervous about using the crossing along there if I was a pedestrian.

Does anyone know why you never see speed cameras along there? Is it just lack of space to park them?
I think some of the so called "professional" drivers in Kendal should think twice about the speeds they do around town. I followed a Mazda taxi along Aynam Road a couple of nights ago and as it shot past me I thought I'd keep up to see how fast he was going. At 40mph plus, it was still pulling away from me! Travel at 30 and you feel like you're holding everyone up. I would be very nervous about using the crossing along there if I was a pedestrian. Does anyone know why you never see speed cameras along there? Is it just lack of space to park them? Spotty Fish
  • Score: -2

2:38pm Fri 22 Nov 13

tictoc1 says...

Spotty Fish wrote:
I think some of the so called "professional" drivers in Kendal should think twice about the speeds they do around town. I followed a Mazda taxi along Aynam Road a couple of nights ago and as it shot past me I thought I'd keep up to see how fast he was going. At 40mph plus, it was still pulling away from me! Travel at 30 and you feel like you're holding everyone up. I would be very nervous about using the crossing along there if I was a pedestrian. Does anyone know why you never see speed cameras along there? Is it just lack of space to park them?
That makes you just as bad as the taxi driver, if not worse! If you stick to the speed limit and the other car pulls away then clearly they're speeding. What if someone had stepped off the pavement as you were passing, you would have hit them and at that speed, could possibly have killed them! I think drivers generally need to slow down, regardless of which road they're on. Cars are becoming safer for the people INSIDE them, but not for everything on the outside.
[quote][p][bold]Spotty Fish[/bold] wrote: I think some of the so called "professional" drivers in Kendal should think twice about the speeds they do around town. I followed a Mazda taxi along Aynam Road a couple of nights ago and as it shot past me I thought I'd keep up to see how fast he was going. At 40mph plus, it was still pulling away from me! Travel at 30 and you feel like you're holding everyone up. I would be very nervous about using the crossing along there if I was a pedestrian. Does anyone know why you never see speed cameras along there? Is it just lack of space to park them?[/p][/quote]That makes you just as bad as the taxi driver, if not worse! If you stick to the speed limit and the other car pulls away then clearly they're speeding. What if someone had stepped off the pavement as you were passing, you would have hit them and at that speed, could possibly have killed them! I think drivers generally need to slow down, regardless of which road they're on. Cars are becoming safer for the people INSIDE them, but not for everything on the outside. tictoc1
  • Score: 7

4:21pm Fri 22 Nov 13

Spotty Fish says...

It might make me as bad on that occasion, but how does it make me worse? Do you honestly think I wasn't looking out for people, children, animals etc. running out on to the road? And by the time I got to the crossing I had slowed down again, unlike the taxi driver who was almost out of sight. So I probably travelled for about 50 metres over the speed limit. So please, no preaching.
It might make me as bad on that occasion, but how does it make me worse? Do you honestly think I wasn't looking out for people, children, animals etc. running out on to the road? And by the time I got to the crossing I had slowed down again, unlike the taxi driver who was almost out of sight. So I probably travelled for about 50 metres over the speed limit. So please, no preaching. Spotty Fish
  • Score: -2

9:07pm Fri 22 Nov 13

formerkendaliain says...

How very odd, I thought it was Pete Davill who had done all the hard work on the campaign?
How very odd, I thought it was Pete Davill who had done all the hard work on the campaign? formerkendaliain
  • Score: 3

6:32pm Sun 24 Nov 13

Pringle1982 says...

You can put as many speed cameras up and as many speed limits as you like, the idiots who speed, don't stop for pedestrians and are generally a danger will still do these things.

Just last week I slowed from 40mph to 30mph on Sedbergh Rd, and then had a white van so close to me I couldn't see his number plate. He then overtook me and went like a bat of hell down the road. Shook me up.

However, advising people just to "step out" anyway is ridiculous advice. I never, EVER do that because I was taught road safety. Something that is sadly lacking in this town. Regardless of right of way, it's common sense to wait until both sides are either clear or cars have stopped. At lights as well this is a good thing to do, you never know if that driver is distracted, or just a donkey.

It's a miracle more pedestrians aren't hit when they run out in front of cars so much, and drivers act the way they do.
You can put as many speed cameras up and as many speed limits as you like, the idiots who speed, don't stop for pedestrians and are generally a danger will still do these things. Just last week I slowed from 40mph to 30mph on Sedbergh Rd, and then had a white van so close to me I couldn't see his number plate. He then overtook me and went like a bat of hell down the road. Shook me up. However, advising people just to "step out" anyway is ridiculous advice. I never, EVER do that because I was taught road safety. Something that is sadly lacking in this town. Regardless of right of way, it's common sense to wait until both sides are either clear or cars have stopped. At lights as well this is a good thing to do, you never know if that driver is distracted, or just a donkey. It's a miracle more pedestrians aren't hit when they run out in front of cars so much, and drivers act the way they do. Pringle1982
  • Score: 2

8:58am Mon 25 Nov 13

KendalSmithy says...

Perhaps we should call some of today's driving standards the 'Jeremy Clarkson Effect'. I think he has a lot to answer for.
Perhaps we should call some of today's driving standards the 'Jeremy Clarkson Effect'. I think he has a lot to answer for. KendalSmithy
  • Score: 6

10:28am Mon 25 Nov 13

Kendmoor says...

"However, advising people just to "step out" anyway is ridiculous advice. I never, EVER do that because I was taught road safety"

Taught road safety..........but sadly not tongue in cheek humour.
"However, advising people just to "step out" anyway is ridiculous advice. I never, EVER do that because I was taught road safety" Taught road safety..........but sadly not tongue in cheek humour. Kendmoor
  • Score: -2

4:12pm Tue 26 Nov 13

Pringle1982 says...

Kendmoor wrote:
"However, advising people just to "step out" anyway is ridiculous advice. I never, EVER do that because I was taught road safety"

Taught road safety..........but sadly not tongue in cheek humour.
"Just walk out anyway, the look on their face is priceless."

Best tongue In cheek humour EVAH!!!11

You should quit the day job mate.
[quote][p][bold]Kendmoor[/bold] wrote: "However, advising people just to "step out" anyway is ridiculous advice. I never, EVER do that because I was taught road safety" Taught road safety..........but sadly not tongue in cheek humour.[/p][/quote]"Just walk out anyway, the look on their face is priceless." Best tongue In cheek humour EVAH!!!11 You should quit the day job mate. Pringle1982
  • Score: -1

4:55pm Tue 26 Nov 13

Kendmoor says...

I'll be sure to spell it out for you next time.
I'll be sure to spell it out for you next time. Kendmoor
  • Score: 0

10:39am Wed 27 Nov 13

jazzactivist says...

I agree. It doesn't do anyone any harm to stick to the speed limit, and the Highway Code also spells out to drive with due care and attention in areas where there are likely to be obstructions and pedestrians. Professional drivers do seem to be the worst for disobeying speed limits. A couple of years ago I was caught speeding (failing to slow down to 60mph when a dual carriageway briefly changed to single carriageway) and attended the course instead of paying the fine. I was the only person there who wasn't a 'white van man'!
I agree. It doesn't do anyone any harm to stick to the speed limit, and the Highway Code also spells out to drive with due care and attention in areas where there are likely to be obstructions and pedestrians. Professional drivers do seem to be the worst for disobeying speed limits. A couple of years ago I was caught speeding (failing to slow down to 60mph when a dual carriageway briefly changed to single carriageway) and attended the course instead of paying the fine. I was the only person there who wasn't a 'white van man'! jazzactivist
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree