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Thursday, 20 November 2014

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New roundabout works cause huge delays on A590 at Greenodd in Cumbria

DRIVERS are being warned of delays on the A590 in Cumbria today, with traffic backing up between Greenodd and Backbarrow and people travelling to Ulverston and Barrow.

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Work to install a roundabout at the junction of the A5092 and A590 at Greenodd got under way last week and drivers have reported delays of more than an hour today. 

Heavy rain is making driving hazardous and there is a 40mph speed limit in place along a stretch of the A590 where the work is taking place.

Residents in Backbarrow have reported standing traffic which stretches to Newby Bridge which is believed to be a result of the work at Greenodd.

Drivers have reported tailbacks stretching from Greenodd to Backbarrow. 

Samantha Whittaker, Project Manager for the Highways Agency, said: “The £2.7m roundabout which is being constructed at Greenodd is part of the Government’s national £317m pinch point programme, and has received widespread support from residents and businesses locally as it will ultimately help tackle congestion and reduce accidents on the A590.

“Care has been taken to plan traffic management during the work to cause the least amount of inconvenience possible, but due to the geography of the area some disruption to traffic is unavoidable in order for work to be carried out safely.

“At the moment we are carrying out local widening works, and temporary traffic lights are in place, which we are operating manually to try to keep queues to a minimum, but this will cause delays, which this morning were exacerbated due to a broken down vehicle in the roadworks.

"The good news is that after this phase of work is completed by the end of this week the delays will be greatly reduced."

John Shaw, managing director of the coach and holiday company The Travellers Choice, said: "I'm having to send everything an hour early because it's taking us about an hour to get through on each way.

"I had one an hour early to Coniston this morning because it was the only way of getting a large vehicle to Coniston, and I had one to Grange as well, which again went an hour early.

"It's just been absolutely ludicrous."

Sue Thompson, manager of Airport Services Barrow, said: "It's affected us in both directions, maybe an hour and a half in total on the journey.

"We were taking passengers down, so it wasn't too bad as we always allow a bit of time, but if he'd have been meeting a flight it might have been a bit tight."

Have your say

It'll be interesting when the videos of the repeatedly non-working workers go on-line. I expect they'll go viral.

Posted by Bruce on 20 August 2013 at 23:00

Came through the road works on Tuesday after being held up for 30 minutes to find 5 blokes standing around doing no apparent work. Given the chaos being caused you would think that they would have a large team working all the hours of daylight. It may cost a bit, but how much are the delays costing!

Posted by Andy on 7 August 2013 at 22:18

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