Kendal residents protest over road safety delays

A 30mph speed limit is one of the changes that has not yet been implemented Credit: PA

A demonstration will take place in Kendal today against delays to road safety improvements.

Local residents have campaigned for four and half years to make the A684 Sedbergh Road safer for pedestrians, with road safety charity Brake backing the project.

Cumbria County Council started work in February this year on plans to improve road safety.

These included reducing the speed limit to 30mph (from 40mph) and introducing bollards to prevent overtaking.

But residents say they are frustrated as they have yet to see the changes they hoped for delivered, with the new speed limit not yet fully introduced.

Adults and children alike will meet today to"remind local authorities that they still do not feel safe using and crossing the road".

It's fantastic that the hard work and perseverance of community campaigners is seeing positive results, but it is concerning that these are now taking so long to implement.

Ed Morrow, campaigns officer for Brake

But Cumbria County Council says a series of measures have already been introduced.

They claim the "extended" 30mph zone protesters are seeking is currently being reviewed and will be implemented in July of the consultation process is successful.

We are aware of local concerns about Sedbergh Road and have a series of road safety measures in hand. We have already introduced a pinch-point, narrowing the road where the speed limit falls from 40mph to 30mph, and two bollards have also been installed further down in the middle of the road. These measures are designed to slow traffic down and reinforce the message that road users are in a 30mph zone and should drive accordingly.

Spokesperson, Cumbria County Council