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Friday, 22 August 2014

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Motorists hit by delays at Ulverston on second day of works

MOTORISTS faced queues and delays on the second day of roadworks which are expected to last for two-and-a-half months.

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PROJECT Roadworks in Swarthmoor yesterday HARRY ATKINSON REF: 50063195B001

Temporary traffic lights were in place on the A590 at Swarthmoor as workers carried out planned improvements to the area’s power supply.

The work is part of a £90,000 project by Electricity North West which is expected to last 10 weeks.

Shortly after work started yesterday morning, traffic travelling from Barrow along the A590 was backed up to near Lindal.

In the other direction, vehicles heading towards Barrow were left queuing as far back as Ulverston.

To minimise disruption, the Highways Agency has said the temporary lights will be operated manually at peak times to avoid major jams.

Work is only being carried out between 8.30am and 4.30pm.

Despite this, Rowland Saunders of Ulverston-based haulage firm ME Saunders and Sons, said his drivers had experienced delays travelling in and out of Barrow.

He also questioned the need for more roadworks on Furness’ main arterial road. He said: “It depends what time they go through it but it is not good.

“I can’t believe they digging the road up again after they spent all that money asphalting it so recently. I think it’s absolutely disgusting they are ripping it all up again so soon.”

A diversion will be in place in Swarthmoor during a two-day road closure of Main Road on Monday and Tuesday. A second diversion will be used, starting on May 21 when Fox Street is closed for two weeks.

Christine Braithwaite, Pennington Parish Council clerk, said: “We were given advanced warning about Main Road and Fox Street but not the work on the A590. It will make life very difficult because the A590 is one the worst roads in the county.

“This work presumably has to be done so people in the village will just have to work around it.”

Officials at Ulverston Town Council said they did not receive any advance warning of the planned roadworks or the potential disruption to residents commuting to and from Barrow.

Have your say

Surely the work would be best done at night considering its the main road. Its stupid doing it throughout the day.

Posted by damian on 14 May 2014 at 18:59

I question the wisdom of starting these road works this week. We have a major cycle event in Barrow on Thursday which will bring hundreds of people into the town that have never been here before. Being stuck in a traffic queue on their way in to the town is not going to get their impression of the area off to a good start. Next week would have been better for the works to have started.

Posted by David Cooper on 14 May 2014 at 15:52

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