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Thursday, 31 July 2014

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Ulverston roadworks lead to an 11-mile detour

BEMUSED residents have been stunned by a “silly” road closure affecting less than half a mile of an Ulverston road – but which will leave motorists facing an 11-mile detour.

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DETOUR The alternative route to get from one end of Soutergate in Ulverston to the other during resurfacing work. Right, Andrea Wilson

The closure, expected to last 10 days, affects a 765-yard stretch along Soutergate, which is due be resurfaced.

However, the advertised detour route for motorists wanting to travel along Soutergate will take them 11 miles out of their way – through Greenodd.

The closure, announced by Cumbria County Council, is due to begin tomorrow to allow the work to take place.

But Andrea Wilson, landlady at the Old Friends pub in Soutergate, said she had not been made fully aware of the planned work.

She said the closure would have a serious impact on her business and added: “My delivery day is Monday. How am I supposed to get my deliveries?”

She added: “That's just silly. The wagon will just have to come up the back way.”

The road closure begins at the town centre roundabout where Soutergate meets King Street, meaning her pub will be directly affected.

Despite receiving a letter several weeks ago informing residents and traders of the planned road closure, Mrs Wilson said no specific date was given for the work to begin.

The official road closure notice says pedestrian access will be maintained at all times where it is safe to do so. The advertised detour route for motorists travelling north will be taken to the A590, directed eastward to the A5092 at Greenodd, north until Gawthwaite, where they will turn on to the north end of the B5281 – four miles north of the road closure.

With the official detour taking motorists so far out of their way, there are also concerns side streets nearby could be hit with large amounts of traffic as people try to find the quickest way around the closure.

A spokeswoman for Cumbria County Council confirmed the road would be closed from tomorrow while the work took place.

She said an advert had gone out, residents informed and signs put up to alert people to the closure.

The resurfacing work will take place in stages to minimise the disruption, the spokeswoman said.

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They were working round one car on Thursday.

It only took from digging up and relaying the first layer on Wed to Thursday night before the first utility company dug a hole in the new road! I assume the utility needs to finish their work now before the road can be completed?

Posted by Lols on 21 April 2013 at 15:50

where do you get 11 miles from get a life all people do in ulverston is moan.

Posted by peter on 17 April 2013 at 10:56

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