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Full Report: Concerns raised over A684 after crash

An investigation is underway into claims by drivers that a stretch of road has become dangerous following repairs and resurfacing work.

MP Tim Farron says there have been a number of accidents along the A684 between Sedbergh and Kendal.

Cumbria County Council said the road was resurfaced four years ago. The council has now put up signs asking people to slow down but denies that the road is to blame.

Fiona Marley-Patterson reports.


Tim Farron MP: "Action must be taken" on A684

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.”

– Tim Farron MP

Council defend stretch of "slippy" A684 road

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.”

– A spokesperson for Cumbria County Counci

Family pay tribute to a “fantastic husband and brilliant dad”

The family of the man who died in a road traffic collision on the A684 yesterday has paid tribute to a “fantastic husband and brilliant dad.”

“It is with great sadness that Garry has been so suddenly taken away from us.

"Garry who was a fantastic husband and brilliant dad will be missed by all that knew him.

"Garry enjoyed many hobbies including wood turning, DIY and walking with his dogs.

"He was an avid motorcycle enthusiast; however nothing came second in his life than the love and care that he had for his family.

"Garry lived for the special times he spent with his family and dogs and will be missed by his wife Angela and three sons Luke, Josh and Lewi who have been left devastated by this tragic incident.”

– Family of Garry Sharp

Man named in fatal A684 crash

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.


Man dies in Sedbergh crash

A man has died following a crash involving a motorcycle and a car on the A684 near Sedbergh this afternoon.

Emergency services were called to the A684 at 1.40pm today where the motorcyclist - a 48-year-old man from Grange-over-Sands - died at the scene.

The driver of the car, a Hyundai Amica, was a man in his seventies and was not injured.

An investigation into the circumstances of the collision will now be carried out by police.

Diversions remain in place and motorists are being asked to continue to avoid the area at this time.

Two airlifted to hospital after A684 crash

Two people have been airlifted to hospital in Preston via air ambulance following a collision on the A684 in Cumbria.

The crash involved an open top sports car and a bus. it is understood that no one on the bus was injured.

Three fire engines from Kendal were called to assist emergency services and paramedics at the scene at New Hutton near Kendal.

The fire service used specialist cutting equipment to free the two people from the car so that they could be transported to hospital.

The road remains closed.

Road closed after A684 crash

The A684 has been closed between Kendal and Sedburgh Road following a crash involving a sports car and a bus.

Paramedics are at the scene, as well as the Fire Service and the Highways Agency.

The collision happened at junction 37 of the M6 just after midday.

The road remains closed and police are advising that it will be for some time.

They are therefore suggesting that motorists use an alternative route.