We have written this letter to Keswick Town Council regarding the proposed one way system in Keswick in response to an article on the Reminder website saying that the proposal to make Station Street and St John’s Street one way is going to be implemented very soon as part of the town’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, and that the town council was supporting the suggestion that traffic should flow from County Corner towards St John’s Church .
When this idea was first mooted back in January we approached a town councillor informally to make the point that, while we wholeheartedly supported the idea of making these streets one way, the proposed direction was wrong. As we understand it, traffic will be allowed to go from County Corner towards St John’s Church but not the other way. If traffic flowed the other way then vehicles going from County Corner towards Manor Brow, Rogerfield, Lakeland Park etc could go along Southey Street and join Ambleside Road by the church (when it would presumably still be two way), and traffic from those areas going to Booths and the western part of town would go along St John’s Street and Station Street. We think that would work fine, and be a big improvement on the current situation.
Under the proposal traffic from the above areas going to Booths and the western part of the town from the streets mentioned above have to either go through Eskin Street etc (along narrow roads not really suitable for through traffic) or quite a lengthy diversion via Manor Brow and Chestnut Hill. Much less convenient than the current situation.
We can’t see any benefit in having Station Street and St John’s Street one way in the direction proposed, and there are significant disadvantages to those of us living in the Manor Brow/Rogerfield/Lakeland Park part of town. Bearing in mind the direction of traffic flow along Southey Street, the current proposal gives two routes through the town going west to east but none in the opposite direction.
Paul Titley replied to our email on 23rd January saying that the traffic modelling (presumably done by the consultants who produced the original proposals) showed that northbound (towards the war memorial) one way has the majority of traffic still arriving at Tithebarn St roundabout but by a different route. The southbound (towards Alhambra) one way allows traffic to avoid the roundabout completely, and that the reduction in traffic at the Tithebarn roundabout should allow Borrowdale Rd to move more freely.
I’m afraid we can’t follow the logic of this at all, unless it assumes that someone driving from (say) Rogerfield to Booths is going to go all the way out along the Hawthorns and then back into Keswick via Crosthwaite Road. Even then you end up at the Tithebarn roundabout.
Please can you reconsider your decision on this. If you aren’t willing to reconsider please explain in simple clear terms why the proposed direction of traffic flow is the right one.
Bob and Judy Barnby