RESIDENTS have expressed their concern after it was announced a major Barrow road will be closed overnight.

North Road, from near Tesco to Jubilee Bridge, will be shut for two weeks from April 29 from 7.30pm to 6am.

The work is being carried out to enable Thomas Armstrong to carry out resurfacing works after underground power cables were laid by Electricity North West (ENW).

Lorraine Heavyside said: “That’s going to be great living on Walney and having to get to work for 5.30am.

"Can’t they finish for 5am for us early workers who have to use taxis that are going to cost more - again?”

Paula Turnough also expressed concern, saying: “Us Walney folk are used to roadworks getting on and off the island. This is just a warm up for when they dig it all up again to put in the ‘much needed’ traffic lights at the roundabout.”

However, some also recognised both the need and benefit of the proposed work.

Darren Quinn said: “Finishing touches. No-one will complain once it’s finished and looking pristine with all the new road markings and quiet surface.”

Christine Johnson said: “It’s overnight so not that disruptive - just have to allow extra time going round Michaelson Road.”

The proposed work will increase traffic flow towards Barrow Island.

Allison Johnston, a councillor at Barrow Island, said: “Obviously the work needs to be done and although it will be a bit of a nightmare for some in the long run it will be better for all.”

A spokesman for Cumbria County Council said: “We recognise road closures will cause some disruption hence why the work has been planned to take place overnight.

“Access for pedestrians, cyclists and wheelchairs will be maintained whilst the work is carried out and there will also be diversion signs to appropriately redirect people.”