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Cumbrian crematorium road may get 40mph speed limit

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The speed limit could be lowered on a west Cumbrian road that is at the centre of concerns about fast traffic.

Highways experts are recommending a new 40mph limit be introduced on the Distington Crematorium route – the C4011 – which links villages such as Pica and Gilgarran.

A report to county councillors says concern exists about “perceived high levels of fast-moving traffic” using this route.

Copeland councillor John Bowman, who represents Distington, has led a campaign to have the speed limit reduced to 30mph from the national limit of 60mph.

A survey showed a small percentage of vehicles were hitting speeds as high as 75mph – but average speeds were at about 41 or 42mph.

Over the last five years there have been four crashes, causing slight injuries.

Most of these happened between the entrance and exit to the crematorium. Councillors, residents and a number of funeral directors have previously raised concerns over speeds.

Police also support some form of cut in speed.

The report states: “Cumbria Highways recommends that following traffic and accident data collection and having assessed the site in detail that a 40mph speed limit would be suitable.”

The recommendation is being made subject to no formal objections being received.

The report adds: “Following a study of accidents, causes and frequency, together with a survey of traffic speeds, it is suggested that the existing speed limit would warrant a change. Although concerns from the community expressed a preference for a 30mph limit it is suggested that a 40mph limit is installed.”

The report goes before Cumbria County Council’s local committee for Copeland at Cleator Moor Civic Hall and Masonic Centre on Friday.




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