RESIDENTS met highways bosses in a bid to end “traffic misery” on the A590.

In a gathering at Ulverston, councillors, residents and representatives from Highways England discussed plan to tackle traffic problems in the town.

Consultants demonstrated how changes to the road systems could reduce congestion through the town centre.

It was the latest meeting with advisers from the authority, who have been holding workshops with residents and councillors to listen to their views and model how changes could affect congestion levels.

Among the attendees was the mayor of Ulverston, Councillor Dave Webster, who said it was important to ease congestion.

He said: "We want to look at ways to make sure that traffic does not build up going through the town.

"We do not want congestion to build up and put off visitors to Ulverston.

"The A590 is the main infrastructure corridor for Furness and we do not want to look at ways of helping to ease traffic."

Jonathan Reade, a manager for Highways England, led the meeting.

He brought a team of traffic modellers and consultants to discuss with residents how to improve the traffic situation.

Also at the meeting was Mark Wilson, who represents Ulverston East on Cumbria County Council.

He said: "This meeting was about actively listening to the concerns of the community about what they want to see from the road.

"We want people to suggest ideas to stop our traffic misery."

Among the options discussed to ease traffic were changes to the North Lonsdale Terrace junction and the A590 near Booths.

More meetings are due to take place over the coming months.