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03 July 2020

Update on temporary measures in Penrith

A meeting took place with key stakeholders from Penrith today (Friday 3 July) along with county council officers and local Members to review the current temporary restrictions in place on Middlegate, Devonshire Street and Kings Street following the full closure being removed at the end of last week.

As a result of feedback, the temporary orange pedestrian barriers on Middlegate and Devonshire Street will be revised to try and put in place a more aesthetically pleasing but safe barrier as soon as possible. As a reminder, on street parking in these areas is restricted in an effort to discourage cars from travelling through the centre of town.

Residents and visitors are encouraged wherever possible to make use of the free car parking which is available in Eden District Council car parks in an attempt to reduce the volume of vehicles travelling through the centre of Penrith. This is especially important for areas of the road around the ‘narrows’ so that pedestrians are able to maintain social distancing measures without stepping off the pavement into the road.

Further temporary signage and floor markings in this area, politely asking shoppers to ‘follow the arrows through the narrows’ and walk in one direction, on both sides of the road which faces the traffic will be put in place as soon as practically possible.

The county council wishes to clarify that this is not about pedestrianising the town but a temporary scheme about trying to create safe spaces for pedestrians and cyclists to be able to access local facilities whilst adhering to the Government’s social distancing guidance.

The council would again like to thank everyone for their feedback and for their understanding and patience.



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A meeting took place with key stakeholders from Penrith today (Friday 3 July) along with county council officers and local Members to review the current temporary restrictions in place on Middlegate, Devonshire Street and Kings Street following the full closure being removed at the end of last week.