Date: 26 June 2020. The problems caused by the closure of the A590 at Newby Bridge due to traffic
accidents have created chaos in the village of Staveley-in-Cartmel over the last ten days. The road
has been closed twice since Thursday 19 th June, which has led to the village being completely
overwhelmed by traffic pouring down the lanes in order to avoid the blockage.
Residents complain of damage to property and walls and verbal abuse from frustrated motorists.
Chairman of the Parish Council, Richard Rhodes said, “The Council has had a number of meetings
with the Highways Agency and has been unable to make any real progress on improving the level of
safety on the stretch of the A590 between the High Newton by pass and Haverthwaite. The narrow
road to the south of Newby Bridge is particularly bad”.
It is understood that at a recent meeting attended by the Assistant Chief Constable Andrew Slattery,
the Cumbria Police indicated their support for the introduction of Average Speed Cameras along this
stretch of the A590.
A local resident who preferred to stay anonymous stated “Frankly, I am fed up with having to pick up
the bill for damage done to my garden walls by motorists pouring through the village when the A590
is closed. The road in the village is far too narrow to be used as a ‘rat run’ and to have to take the
inevitable surge of traffic after a crash closes the A590”.
District Councillor Michael Cornah said, “It is clear that there is a need for a speed limit in this area.
The problem has got worse ever since the opening of the High Newton by pass, where speeds are
high on the dual carriageway and then the road suddenly narrows but drivers do not seem to be
aware they should slow down”.
Mr Simon Hockings, the owner of Newby Bridge Services added, “We would be very supportive of an
Average Speed Camera system as a relatively short term and cheap method of improving safety. In
the longer term there is a need for the installation of a ‘protected‘ right turn on this stretch of road
to allow safer access to the Service Station”.
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