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Friday, 28 November 2014

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Boss calls for action as impact of ‘shameful’ roadworks hits South Cumbria

A “SHAMEFUL” number of roadworks are causing delays and disruption to drivers and businesses, it has been claimed.

Almost a dozen different projects are being carried out by the Highways Agency in South Cumbria at the moment, creating a cluster of road closures and diversions.

Drivers are encountering delays in Barrow, Dalton, Askam, and on the A590 due to resurfacing, signage and drainage works.

Many motorists travelling to and from Flookburgh are also having to use diversions via Grange and Lindale, due to work being carried by United Utilities on the B5278.

Mike Armstead, managing director of Wax Lyrical, said too many roadworks were in place in close proximity to each other, making diversion routes too busy and unreliable.

He said: “There seems to be a determination to limit access. It’s shameful.

“The default position we have in the area is to shut off a carriageway when there are roadworks. We are served by one road in and one road out.

“If this region is to really prosper, it needs better connection to the motorway network. It’s not good enough to begin with and we make it even worse by the number of lane closures.”

Mr Armstead said his business was losing money because he had to hire haulage firms for longer periods to get through delays caused by the roadworks.

The latest Highways Agency project due to get under way is resurfacing work on the A590 between Booths roundabout and Swan Street in Ulverston.

The work will be carried out at night to keep disruption to a minimum. It is due to start on March 31, lasting about two weeks.

A Highways Agency spokesman said the county-wide repairs were essential for the long-term improvement of roads.

He said: “Some of the work is required for essential maintenance and improvements but is also driven by road users’ feedback on road conditions, which we do try to respond to where appropriate but can rarely be delivered without some traffic management.”

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