Call for new pedestrian crossing on Carlisle's Castle Way
Last updated at 12:29, Friday, 26 October 2012
Carlisle's Castle Way could see a pedestrian crossing created outside Tullie House, in addition to the Irishgate footbridge and Millennium underpass.
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Apologies if I am wrong.....Weren't barriers put up along Castle Way many years to separate the two carriageways to STOP pedestrians crossing over the dual carriageway because it was such a dangerous road (was it not soon after a pedestrian got knocked down by a Police car??? Sorry memory fading her...)
If I recall it then became "an offence" to climb over the barriers to cross the road ? (At least that was what was threatened at the time!)(Since Sainsbury's reorganised that whole stretch of the road.. the barriers have disapeared - which now gives the impression it is safe to just walk across anywhere!)The speed limits along that road have not changed - so how is it that it can be considered "safe" to put in a crossing - especially at the stretch where it gives the impression it is okay to speed up because there is no houses etc.Can I suggest Elsie and Mr Henry do like the Street Pastors do - and go down into the underpass during the hours of darkness and help to escort pedestrians along the dimly lit underpass - that their council built in the first place (and we all said at the time it was a dismal place and nobody would use it.....)
The ultimate in sheer stupidity showing a complete lack of understanding of the basics of traffic flow on a commuter route. Nothing less than sinking Castle Way below ground level and making a proper pedestrian precinct would be acceptable to join the castle to the city again.
Paul said 'I travel around the country extensively and have never come across a pedestrian crossing on a dual carriageway similar to Castle Way. Spend the money getting the lift on the footbridge to work and keep it working! ' - Paul, your extensive travels must never have included Newcastle Upon Tyne (St James' Boulevard), Nottingham (Maid Marion Way); Liverpool (Strand Road) to name but a few. It is a 30mph hour road, not a motorway. Elsie's suggestion would be received with support anywhere but Carlisle! (And maybe Los Angeles, as I believe they have a similar attitude to pedestrians there too.