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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

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10 weeks of delays on A590 at Ulverston

MOTORISTS in Cumbria will face delays during 10 weeks of major roadworks on the A590.

Electricity North West (ENW) is carrying out a £90,000 project to help improve the quality of power supply to more than 400 customers near Ulverston.

ENW is set to lay 600m of underground electricity cables along the westbound carriageway at Swarthmoor.

The new cables are more reliable, require minimal maintenance and are easier to repair in the case of a fault, meaning faster reconnections and less disruption to residents.

The work will take place between 8.30am and 4.30pm.

There will be one lane closed on the A590, with manned temporary traffic lights in place to manage traffic at peak times.

There will also be a two-day road closure on Main Road, Swarthmoor starting on May 19, and Fox Street will be closed for two weeks starting May 21. Road diversions will be in place.

The Highways Agency said the signals will be staffed for the first and final hours of each day’s working period to help reduce needless queuing at the lights.

The work will be done in 120m stages through the village and pedestrian access along the westbound carriageway will remain open at all times.

Councillor Mark Wilson, of Cumbria County Council, lives in Swarthmoor.

He said: “There has been very little warning, I am surprised because it is obviously going to effect a lot of people going to work, delivering things and dropping off children.”

A spokeswoman for ENW said: “Ensuring our customers receive a reliable and efficient power supply now and for many years to come is our top priority.

“Unfortunately there is no way to install underground cables without some disruption, but we hope drivers and residents in the area understand the need for this essential project and we promise to keep any disruption to a minimum.

“If anyone would like any further information they can contact us on 0800 195 4141.”

Have your say

Typical isn't it, I'm surprised that they haven't moved it towards the summer to encompass the entire school holidays. I agree with DJ..... Do it at night!!!! I passed around six am, roads were quiet and it was daylight, not a worker in site..... Let's wait for rush hour!! Which moron plans this stuff??

Posted by Chris on 19 May 2014 at 21:57

Do it at night like the rest of Europe.

Posted by DJ on 16 May 2014 at 17:16

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