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Friday, 19 December 2014

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Motorists face diversion when major Cumbria road closes for repairs

MOTORISTS face disruption for three consecutive weekends when a busy Cumbria A-road shuts for £100,000 of resurfacing work.

The roadworks will start by closing the A595 along Tippins Lane between Mere Beck and Pear Tree, near Kirkby, on Saturday and Sunday.

They are just one of numerous works taking place across South Cumbria in February and March, as shown on the graphic.

The A595 work will resume on March 1 and 2 between Soutergate and the road leading to Sandside. The final phase will take place at Dove Ford on March 8 and 9.

Cumbria County Council said a diversion, via the A590 and A5092, will be in place throughout the entire weekends of work.

But a way for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists will be maintained at all times along the 1.5km stretch.

Franek Rewaj is a Grizebeck resident who started the A595 Grizebeck to Kirkby Upgrade Campaign on Facebook.

He is pleased the work is being done, but claimed the council could have better publicised when the road would be open and closed.

He added: “Work does need doing and will always need doing on that road, but it’s not wide enough to allow them to have one-way traffic during work time. It’s not an A-road. It’s named an A-road, but it really isn’t.”

Councillor Keith Little, county council cabinet member for highways and transport, said the work had been timed to take place at weekends and after the half-term holidays to try to minimise the impact.

He said: “The council is aware of recent public concern about some sections of the A595 and this latest scheme underlines our commitment to the ongoing maintenance and improvement of this road, using the resources available.”

Elsewhere, the Highways Agency will carry out work between Booths roundabout and Swan Street in Ulverston for two weeks next month.

The work was due to start on March 3, but has now been put back until the end of March.

It will take place between 7.30pm and midnight each night and any vehicles more than 6ft 6ins-wide will be forced to use a diversion on the A5092 and A595 through Greenodd, Grizebeck, Kirkby and Askam.

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