Work begins on Kendal bridge revamp

The Westmorland Gazette: Longpool Bridge Longpool Bridge

WORK began on Monday on a major Network Rail project to spruce up Longpool bridge in Kendal.

The 170-year-old bridge is being cleaned up in a £400,000 scheme due to be completed in April.

It will see the structure grit-blasted and repainted alongside steelwork repairs and pigeon proofing.

Rail services between Oxenholme and Windermere will not be affected during the project but a partial road closure of Longpool has been agreed – with traffic underneath the bridge will be restricted to a single lane controlled by traffic lights.

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8:23pm Tue 7 Jan 14

furthersouth says...

ridiculous effect on Kendal traffic, why can't this have been done over the Christmas period when less people were around. It's so so dangerous. There's kids everywhere going to school in the morning and afternoon. Folk trying to get to work and from work. Folk trying to get to Morrisons etc. One way in and one way out. It;s a disgrace that this has been allowed! I won;t go through town tomorrow, instead I will use Hollins Lane, throught he quiet village of Burneside and use the cut through to Shap Road, as will many others. This traffic is going past the Primary School in Burneside. I set off early and still got stuck in Town! Hats off to the planners for allowing this. I bet folk at using Sandylands as a rat run too.
ridiculous effect on Kendal traffic, why can't this have been done over the Christmas period when less people were around. It's so so dangerous. There's kids everywhere going to school in the morning and afternoon. Folk trying to get to work and from work. Folk trying to get to Morrisons etc. One way in and one way out. It;s a disgrace that this has been allowed! I won;t go through town tomorrow, instead I will use Hollins Lane, throught he quiet village of Burneside and use the cut through to Shap Road, as will many others. This traffic is going past the Primary School in Burneside. I set off early and still got stuck in Town! Hats off to the planners for allowing this. I bet folk at using Sandylands as a rat run too. furthersouth
  • Score: -9

10:51pm Tue 7 Jan 14

PropMeUpWithTeabags says...

I went to morrisons on Sunday which is usually a quiet day and the traffic was terrible all the way to lowther street. Totally forgotten about the roadworks. Why can't they employ more workers to do the job quicker? If you hired three times the staff it would be done three times quicker. Also I don't mind roadworks when the workers are actually doing something but I can't stand it when they all seem to be standing around doing nothing. There is no need for two guys to be manning the lights they are automated aren't they? Very bad planning indeed. Must be the same people who planned the one way system!
I went to morrisons on Sunday which is usually a quiet day and the traffic was terrible all the way to lowther street. Totally forgotten about the roadworks. Why can't they employ more workers to do the job quicker? If you hired three times the staff it would be done three times quicker. Also I don't mind roadworks when the workers are actually doing something but I can't stand it when they all seem to be standing around doing nothing. There is no need for two guys to be manning the lights they are automated aren't they? Very bad planning indeed. Must be the same people who planned the one way system! PropMeUpWithTeabags
  • Score: -6

9:27am Wed 8 Jan 14

nixon1 says...

PropMeUpWithTeabags wrote:
I went to morrisons on Sunday which is usually a quiet day and the traffic was terrible all the way to lowther street. Totally forgotten about the roadworks. Why can't they employ more workers to do the job quicker? If you hired three times the staff it would be done three times quicker. Also I don't mind roadworks when the workers are actually doing something but I can't stand it when they all seem to be standing around doing nothing. There is no need for two guys to be manning the lights they are automated aren't they? Very bad planning indeed. Must be the same people who planned the one way system!
I assume these will be manually changed as traffic flows throughout the day will change and require constant adjustments. It requires 2 men (1 man either side) to communicate with each other how much traffic is at their end of the lights and change them accordingly.

I also assume they cannot have more on the job as there will only be a certain amount of work that can be done at once before other works can commence.
[quote][p][bold]PropMeUpWithTeabags[/bold] wrote: I went to morrisons on Sunday which is usually a quiet day and the traffic was terrible all the way to lowther street. Totally forgotten about the roadworks. Why can't they employ more workers to do the job quicker? If you hired three times the staff it would be done three times quicker. Also I don't mind roadworks when the workers are actually doing something but I can't stand it when they all seem to be standing around doing nothing. There is no need for two guys to be manning the lights they are automated aren't they? Very bad planning indeed. Must be the same people who planned the one way system![/p][/quote]I assume these will be manually changed as traffic flows throughout the day will change and require constant adjustments. It requires 2 men (1 man either side) to communicate with each other how much traffic is at their end of the lights and change them accordingly. I also assume they cannot have more on the job as there will only be a certain amount of work that can be done at once before other works can commence. nixon1
  • Score: 8

2:27pm Wed 8 Jan 14

doodleshire14 says...

furthersouth wrote:
ridiculous effect on Kendal traffic, why can't this have been done over the Christmas period when less people were around. It's so so dangerous. There's kids everywhere going to school in the morning and afternoon. Folk trying to get to work and from work. Folk trying to get to Morrisons etc. One way in and one way out. It;s a disgrace that this has been allowed! I won;t go through town tomorrow, instead I will use Hollins Lane, throught he quiet village of Burneside and use the cut through to Shap Road, as will many others. This traffic is going past the Primary School in Burneside. I set off early and still got stuck in Town! Hats off to the planners for allowing this. I bet folk at using Sandylands as a rat run too.
Christmas period??? Are you serious? The works are planned for 16 weeks. As for your inconvenience - have you heard about adapting your routine, arrange to set off earlier to cope with it. The works are very necessary for the bridge and have to be done sometime - live with it.
By the way I have to, I live in Longpool and will have to cope nightworking from this weekend onwards - count yourself lucky.
[quote][p][bold]furthersouth[/bold] wrote: ridiculous effect on Kendal traffic, why can't this have been done over the Christmas period when less people were around. It's so so dangerous. There's kids everywhere going to school in the morning and afternoon. Folk trying to get to work and from work. Folk trying to get to Morrisons etc. One way in and one way out. It;s a disgrace that this has been allowed! I won;t go through town tomorrow, instead I will use Hollins Lane, throught he quiet village of Burneside and use the cut through to Shap Road, as will many others. This traffic is going past the Primary School in Burneside. I set off early and still got stuck in Town! Hats off to the planners for allowing this. I bet folk at using Sandylands as a rat run too.[/p][/quote]Christmas period??? Are you serious? The works are planned for 16 weeks. As for your inconvenience - have you heard about adapting your routine, arrange to set off earlier to cope with it. The works are very necessary for the bridge and have to be done sometime - live with it. By the way I have to, I live in Longpool and will have to cope nightworking from this weekend onwards - count yourself lucky. doodleshire14
  • Score: 8

5:45pm Wed 8 Jan 14

furthersouth says...

doodleshire14 wrote:
furthersouth wrote:
ridiculous effect on Kendal traffic, why can't this have been done over the Christmas period when less people were around. It's so so dangerous. There's kids everywhere going to school in the morning and afternoon. Folk trying to get to work and from work. Folk trying to get to Morrisons etc. One way in and one way out. It;s a disgrace that this has been allowed! I won;t go through town tomorrow, instead I will use Hollins Lane, throught he quiet village of Burneside and use the cut through to Shap Road, as will many others. This traffic is going past the Primary School in Burneside. I set off early and still got stuck in Town! Hats off to the planners for allowing this. I bet folk at using Sandylands as a rat run too.
Christmas period??? Are you serious? The works are planned for 16 weeks. As for your inconvenience - have you heard about adapting your routine, arrange to set off earlier to cope with it. The works are very necessary for the bridge and have to be done sometime - live with it.
By the way I have to, I live in Longpool and will have to cope nightworking from this weekend onwards - count yourself lucky.
nah man, i just skip Kendal altogether now, much quicker through the Burneside rat run. Wish I'd considered it sooner. I ysed to go through Kendal to spare the good folk of Burneside. I can have a lie in now and set of later and still get to work early, result.
[quote][p][bold]doodleshire14[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]furthersouth[/bold] wrote: ridiculous effect on Kendal traffic, why can't this have been done over the Christmas period when less people were around. It's so so dangerous. There's kids everywhere going to school in the morning and afternoon. Folk trying to get to work and from work. Folk trying to get to Morrisons etc. One way in and one way out. It;s a disgrace that this has been allowed! I won;t go through town tomorrow, instead I will use Hollins Lane, throught he quiet village of Burneside and use the cut through to Shap Road, as will many others. This traffic is going past the Primary School in Burneside. I set off early and still got stuck in Town! Hats off to the planners for allowing this. I bet folk at using Sandylands as a rat run too.[/p][/quote]Christmas period??? Are you serious? The works are planned for 16 weeks. As for your inconvenience - have you heard about adapting your routine, arrange to set off earlier to cope with it. The works are very necessary for the bridge and have to be done sometime - live with it. By the way I have to, I live in Longpool and will have to cope nightworking from this weekend onwards - count yourself lucky.[/p][/quote]nah man, i just skip Kendal altogether now, much quicker through the Burneside rat run. Wish I'd considered it sooner. I ysed to go through Kendal to spare the good folk of Burneside. I can have a lie in now and set of later and still get to work early, result. furthersouth
  • Score: -5

6:15am Sat 11 Jan 14

Grumpyoldbiker says...

Giving this end of Kendal a wide berth at the moment. I cannot believe it will take four months. Feel sorry for the local businesses, residents and people who have no alternative route.
Giving this end of Kendal a wide berth at the moment. I cannot believe it will take four months. Feel sorry for the local businesses, residents and people who have no alternative route. Grumpyoldbiker
  • Score: 1

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