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Campaign to build bridge between Millom and Askam re-ignited

A CAMPAIGN to build a bridge between Millom and Askam to ease congestion and improve motorists’ safety has been re-ignited.

Supporters of a bridge over the Duddon Estuary believe the A595 cannot cope with the volume of traffic travelling to and from Sellafield.

Efforts to construct a new route between Millom and Askam have been made over the last decade, but the campaign is hoping to build momentum ahead of the general election in 2015.

Local resident Lady Mary Jardine, who has been campaigning for a new bridge over the estuary for 20 years, said members of the South Lakeland Bypass campaign team had not given up hope of the new link.

She said: “Over the last 25 years, there has been a large amount of local people in favour of the bridge.

“The general election is a moment that we have to seize. Politicians suddenly need to listen to us then.

“I can imagine all sorts of ways that (the bridge) will help economically and environmentally.”

Lady Jardine said members of the group would be meeting to draw up future plans, including compiling leaflets and petitions, and asking residents to write to their local MP.

The proposed bridge would cut the driving time between Sellafield and the M6 by roughly 30 minutes, and it is also hoped the tide in the Duddon Estuary could be used as a source of electricity generation.

The bypass has been the focus of a number of surveys by Cumbria County Council and Copeland Borough Council over the years, with the former featuring the project on its wish list for new infrastructure in 2008.

Lady Jardine added: “The bridge would allow rural roads to become rural roads.

“The county council is trying to keep up to standard a main route that is unsuitable for heavy traffic.

“We need the investment. Sometimes it feels like we are a forgotten corner of the world.”

A petition set up in 2013 calling for a bridge and barrage over the Duddon Estuary received almost 200 signatures.

Have your say

I half agree by the upgrade of trains on the line especially on Sundays,but as for improving pinch points on the A595 there is not much chance of that,so to go back to the crossing of the estuary why not look at online pictures of other crossings of water round the world,so In theory it can be done,the one way I see we can do this is to use the slag bank at barrow as the hardcore base then putting some gaps for the tide to run through,meaning the start point will be near to ormsgill at barrow and possibly end near sea wall area at haverigg,yes there is wildlife in these places but when they build these projects round the world the wild life just moves on,in this day and age it is part of the circle of life

Posted by Darren on 23 March 2014 at 08:37

Why not a tunnel? It's not far, and the "submerged tube" type tunnel at Conway should be a perfect example of how to do it.

Derek is right that the pinch points on the A595 should be improved, though all that will do is improve safety, not give the capacity increase that is needed.

As for improving rail signalling, what impact will that have? If there is no rolling stock available, and with talk of increased freight flows up the west coast, will there really be any benefit for the travelling public?

No, at the end of the day a large bore, submerged tube tunnel seems to make most sense. Road, rail, and even utilities (does anyone really want power lines around the Cumbrian Coast) could all use the tunnel and, hence, costs shared and reduced.

Posted by Matt on 23 March 2014 at 07:30

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