Call for road investment after A590 safety talks
Last updated at 14:56, Friday, 18 November 2011
TALKS about safety on a busy trunk road have been described as “productive.”
Representatives from Furness businesses, South Lakeland District Council and parish councils attended a meeting held by the Highways Agency to discuss possible A590 improvements.
The agency, which is responsible for maintaining the road, wanted to see which issues people wanted addressing.
SLDC’s Mid Furness Councillor Janet Willis said the meeting was very productive – and that by improving the road people would be more likely to use it, relieving pressure on back roads.
She said: “People who drive from Swarthmoor to Ulverston tend to use the back roads more than the A590. The junction is difficult to get out of so they go into town the back way. And people use the Newland junction to avoid using the Greenodd one, but if they could improve the Greenodd one, it would ease the pressure on the back roads.
“I am very aware people use Spark Bridge as a rat run to get to the west coast, and they avoid the A590 junctions. At a local level, the Greenodd junction would be my main priority.”
Cllr Willis added: “If we want to attract high-impact businesses to Ulverston and Barrow, there has to be some improvement.”
A Highways Agency spokesman said: “’We would like to thank representatives from communities and businesses along the A590 for taking part in the event, which will help us shape a refreshed development and management strategy for the whole of the route. We felt the dialogue between ourselves and councillors and business representatives was highly constructive and we thank those who acknowledged recent improvements along the route such as Tank Square at Ulverston and High Newton bypass, as well as raising safety and other concerns.”
First published at 14:52, Friday, 18 November 2011
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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âI am very aware people use Spark Bridge as a rat run to get to the west coast, and they avoid the A590 junctions. At a local level, the Greenodd junction would be my main priority.âPeople who use that rat run are daft!It's narrower and there is more chance of loosing a wing mirror, or worse.On top of that, it frequently isn't any faster. I use the main road at peak times and emerge from Greenod junction onto the A590. I regularly reach Bouth Lane Ends junction to find the cars that were immediately in front or behind me at Spark Bridge waiting to get out. It is the same story on the return journey. Those drivers are also often too impatient and fail to give way at the junction. I have lost count of the number of times that drivers have pulled out on me at those junctions.
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