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A590 roadworks put on hold to avoid date clash

A SERIES of planned roadworks has left residents baffled.

NO START DATE: One of the signs at Lindal announcing roadwork on the A590 which was due to being on October 18 MILTON HAWORTH ref: 0557657

The Highways Agency had intended to carry out work on the A590 at Lindal on October 18.

But this is the same day Cumbria County Council will begin work on the A595 between Soutergate and Bailiff Ground in Kirkby, with drivers being re-routed through Lindal.

After being told the two schemes clashed, the Highways Agency decided to delay its A590 work.

Sarah Kelly, owner of Kurly’s Unisex Hairdressing Salon in Lindal, says people in the area have little knowledge of when roadworks are taking place.

She said: “There seems to be different people doing different roadworks all the time and none of them seem to talk to each other.

“My customers keep asking me what I know about the roadworks, and I have to tell them that I know no more than they do.

“If we could get some kind of notice of exactly what is planned, like a letter or something, it would make things easier.”

Jack Smith, Lindal and Marton Parish Council clerk, says residents are angry at the lack of communication.

He said: “What’s frustrating is they haven't approached the parish council at all. All we see is the signs at the side of the road. It’s difficult to know what to think.

“In the past we have had correspondence from the Highways Agency but now we are just a bit frustrated that we don't get any official notice.”

On Wednesday the Highways Agency confirmed it was delaying the A590 work.

A spokesman said: “The Highways Agency has decided to postpone the roadworks in order to make sure there is a minimal level of disruption.

“The works will be carried out later on in the year.”

The A595 was originally due to shut from October 4 but the closure was delayed until October 18 to coincide with the school holidays.

The resurfacing work will be done for the county council by Amey and will take around three weeks.

The A590 work was originally planned for September 20 but it was moved back to September 27 and then again to October 18.

No start date has been announced for the delayed work.

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Not much joined up thinking in Cumbria County these days is there?

Posted by Frank Davies on 2 October 2010 at 16:04

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