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16 November 2016

Work starts on key junction improvements in Ulverston

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Work will start next week on the first of three junction improvements on the A590 in Ulverston designed to improve access and unlock employment land for creation of new development and jobs.

Cumbria County Council will be delivering the schemes on behalf of Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, which secured £4.5m from the government’s Local Growth Fund to implement junction improvements at Quebec Street, North Lonsdale Terrace and Lightburn Road/Daltongate.

Work on the first junction improvement at Quebec Street starts on Monday 21 November and is expected to last for approximately four months. The scheme will help reduce delays on Quebec Street and improve access to south Ulverston industrial areas.

The works will involve the creation of a signalised junction, including widening the A590 to create two lanes at the junction, two lane approach on Quebec Street and improvements to pedestrian crossing facilities.

Quebec Street is a key route for accessing development sites in south Ulverston. The A590 junction improvements will help unlock future employment land and housing sites which have been allocated in the South Lakeland Local Plan.

The junction improvement works will continue until just before Christmas and will then be suspended over the busy festive holiday period. Works will resume in early January 2017.

Advance warning signs are being put in place on site and local residents and businesses are being informed of the works. Lane closures and temporary traffic signals will be required to safely undertake the works and therefore some disruption will be inevitable. Drivers and other road users are advised to allow extra time for their journeys during this period.

Cumbria County Council has been working closely on the development of the A590 junction improvements with Highways England, which is responsible for the trunk road.

Cumbria County Council and Highways England are working together to minimise disruption to road users’ journeys by coordinating the junction improvement works at Quebec Street and the Highways England works at Lindal-in-Furness.

Councillor Keith Little, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for Highways, said: “I’m delighted that work is starting to improve access to one of the key development areas of Ulverston. These junction improvements will help pave the way for new development and the creation of new jobs.”

Graham Haywood, Director of Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “Investment in improving transport infrastructure and connectivity of key routes to and from the M6 is a key part of our economic strategy to accelerate growth and create employment. We need effective transport and connectivity to help existing businesses like GSK Ulverston operate more effectively and to attract new investment in the county. Road improvements such as this all contribute to those aims.”

The Local Growth Deal provides investment to support economic growth and is managed by Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), a private-sector led partnership between authorities and businesses. The junction improvements will aid future development leading to the creation of around 540 jobs and £26m GVA.

 

 

The Quebec Street project is one of three junction improvements in Ulverston, with further schemes in the pipeline for North Lonsdale Terrace and Lightburn Road/Daltongate.

Improvements to the A590 North Lonsdale Terrace junction will include creation of a signalised junction alongside pedestrian crossing improvements ensuring ongoing effective access to the South Ulverston Industrial Area

Improvements to A590 Lightburn Road/Daltongate junction will involve creation of a new traffic signal controlled junction to serve the proposed development site (Lightburn Road). These works are expected to start early in the New Year.

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Work will start next week on the first of three junction improvements on the A590 in Ulverston designed to improve access and unlock employment land for creation of new development and jobs.