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Sunday, 21 September 2014

A590 roundabout to be built at Greenodd

A ROUNDABOUT will be built at the A590 Greenodd junction, the Highways Agency confirmed The agency’s Route Management Report confirms a verbal assurance given by roads minister Mike Penning MP in June.

Improvements are also promised at the Witherslack underpass and Gilpin Bridge junctions.

South Lakes MP Tim Farron and local councillors have campaigned for improvements at all three sites.

The report comes after months of uncertainty during which the Highways Agency refused to confirm funding for the roundabout, despite having previously promised to take action.

Official county council statistics show there have been 284 accidents on the A590 within South Lakeland over the past five years – eight of them fatal and 33 of them serious.

Commenting this morning, Mr Farron said: "Local residents have been fighting for nearly 10 years to improve the A590. I’m delighted that the Highways Agency have confirmed funding for the Greenodd roundabout and pledged to take action at Witherslack and Gilpin Bridge.

“But we don’t need another report telling us the A590 is dangerous - we need action! I will not stop campaigning until the work actually starts to make the A590 safer for local people.

“I want to pay tribute to the support of local people and the campaigns of local councillors Rod Wilson, Janet Willis and Sue Sanderson. Their help and determination has got us to this point today.”

Leader of the Liberal Democrats on the county council, Cllr Ian Stewart, said: “The extra investment in this major road within South Lakeland shows that Government has listened to the campaigns that Liberal Democrats throughout South Lakeland have led. Not only will it help make South Lakeland a safer place, but it will help deliver economic growth in this part of Cumbria.”

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A590 User: motorist don't pay for the roads any more then anyone else who pays taxes. if you are think Vehicle excess duty is a tax ring fence for roads your mistaken it never has been

Posted by Thomas on 17 August 2012 at 17:18

Cyclists? Shouldn't be on that road anyway...find a back lane somewhere and "time trial" on that and leave the roads to the people who pay for them....motorists!

Posted by A590 user on 17 August 2012 at 12:29

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