MP Tim Farron has demanded that action be taken on the A684 Kendal to Sedbergh road at Lily Mere near Killington following a number of accidents in the area in recent years.
The latest is the death of motorcyclist 48-year-old Garry Sharp yesterday afternoon.
“It’s clear that something has happened after this road was resurfaced. Those people having accidents, or near misses, are locals who drive from Kendal to Sedbergh every day and know the road. But more and more people are reporting that it’s really slippy after rain – much more so than it used to be.
“We’ve been lucky so far in that the accidents have generally been at low speed, and not serious. But something must be done urgently before a serious accident occurs.
“At the very least I’d imagine an immediate speed restriction during wet weather needs to be brought in, but the council really do need to get to the root of the problem quickly – even if that means resurfacing the road again.”
Cumbria County Council have released a statement in response to comments being made that a road near Sedbergh has become dangerous since it was resurfaced.
It follows the death of a motorcyclist on the A684 yesterday afternoon.
“This section of the A684 near Killington is structurally sound, having been resurfaced 4 years ago.
"We have become aware that some vehicles have been losing traction when the surface is wet and we are now undertaking a detailed investigation.
“We have already erected ‘Slippery Road’ signs advising drivers to take care and today we are introducing an advisory 20mph speed limit along this section of road.
"We will also be putting in place a speed indicator device which will further remind drivers to slow down if they are travelling too fast.
“This road was last resurfaced about four years ago – not earlier this summer as has been claimed. We have added this affected length of road to next year’s surface dressing programme which is the soonest that it can be done effectively.
“There have been five reported slight injury accidents and two reported damage only accidents in the last three years, on this section of road.”
Police have named a man who died in a car and motorcycle crash on the A684.
48-year-old Garry Sharp, from Flookburgh, Grange-over-Sands, died after being involved in a road traffic collision on the A684 yesterday afternoon.
His motorcycle collided with a Hyundai Amica, driven by a man in his seventies, who was not injured.
Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the collision and are appealing for any witnesses to contact Cumbria Police on 101 and speak to a member of the Northern Road Policing Team.
THE A683 between Sedbergh and Kirkby Lonsdale has been closed following a serious accident between Sedbergh and Kirkby Lonsdale. Emergency Services have been called to the road near the Ravenstonedale turning. Police have not yet released any further details.