Road which saw 11 crashes in three months for Sedbergh residents to be resurfaced

The Westmorland Gazette: The A684: Picture used for illustrative purposes The A684: Picture used for illustrative purposes

WORK to resurface a ‘dangerous’ stretch of South Lakeland road is finally to be carried out in the coming fortnight.

Months after warnings were issued to Cumbria County Council about a stretch of the A684 between Kendal and Sedbergh being an ‘accident black-spot’ a spokesman has confirmed work to resurface the road will go ahead.

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“This is welcome news,” said South Lakes MP Tim Farron, who has lobbied for months for the work.

“I’m sure residents will be pleased to hear that work will be done to try and fix the road.”

The Gazette reported last October how there had been 11 crashes on the ‘skiddy’ stretch in just three months.

Josephine Lade, of Orton, revealed that her car was written off after she lost control at less than 40mph on a right hand bend ‘as if on ice’.

Her car crashed into a wall and she was ‘cata-pulted’ back into the highway, where the car spun a further 180 degrees before coming to rest.

“One of the people who stopped to help me told me how their car had skidded immediately before they stopped for me,” she said.

Carol Thompson, 65, of Sedbergh, was hospitalised and put in a back brace after her Hyundai 4x4 skidded off the road.

“It seems everyone in Sedbergh has either been involved or knows someone who has been involved in an incident on the same road,” she said.

A county council spokesman said ‘slippery road’ signs had been installed and an advisory 20mph speed limit was introduced.

But hundreds of people signed a petition calling for the county to resurface the road, while more than 20 also wrote to Mr Farron about near-misses in the area – around 800 yards from junction 37 of the M6 – saying urgent action was needed.

A spokesman for the county council said a one kilometre section of road would be resurfaced and traffic controls would be in place while the work was carried out.

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10:53am Wed 25 Jun 14

blackandblue says...

People will still crash. Quite simply, people drive too fast on this bendy stretch of road. Slow down and you won't crash! 40mph through those bends is just ridiculous. People only have themselves to blame. There is plenty of warning!
People will still crash. Quite simply, people drive too fast on this bendy stretch of road. Slow down and you won't crash! 40mph through those bends is just ridiculous. People only have themselves to blame. There is plenty of warning! blackandblue
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4:41pm Wed 25 Jun 14

loughrigg says...

What a waste of money. I wonder what excuse the next set of idiot drivers will use when they continue to crash because they fail to read the road ahead.
Will any of them admit fault or Tim Farron apologise?
What a waste of money. I wonder what excuse the next set of idiot drivers will use when they continue to crash because they fail to read the road ahead. Will any of them admit fault or Tim Farron apologise? loughrigg
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6:13pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Deadly says...

I would be careful who you call " idiot drivers" you are putting a vast spectrum of many many people into 1 bag!! Road safety and maintenance a waste of money?? Get a grip!!
I would be careful who you call " idiot drivers" you are putting a vast spectrum of many many people into 1 bag!! Road safety and maintenance a waste of money?? Get a grip!! Deadly
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