Press release

£500,000 for smoother A590 journeys

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Important carriageway repairs along Cumbria’s A590, between Greenodd and junction 36 of the M6 near Brettargh Holt, will be taking place in a series of projects during September.

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Highways England is advising drivers the overnight projects will include carriageway closures relying on long diversions in some cases.

Almost £500,000 is being spent on carriageway reconstruction and resurfacing at 3 locations: between Brettargh Holt roundabout and the M6; between Low Newton and Meathop junctions at Lindale Hill; and between Pool Foot and Roam Bridge east of Greenodd roundabout where drainage is also being repaired.

Highways England project manager Peter Gee said:

These are vital repairs to ensure drivers can continue to enjoy safe and smooth journeys along this section of the A590. We always plan routine repairs to minimise inconvenience to road users as but we acknowledge that some drivers do travel overnight and will need to take quite long diversion routes when sections of the A590 are closed. Drivers may wish to consider adjusting overnight journey plans in the light of this.

Much of the work is weather dependent with the timetable subject to change. However, the £306,000 project to resurface and reconstruct parts of Brettargh Holt roundabout and resurface sections of the westbound and eastbound carriageway between the roundabout and the M6, is due to start on Monday 12 September and take a week. There will be nightly, 8pm to 6am, closures affecting either the westbound or eastbound carriageways, parts of the roundabout or slip roads. A full list of closures with diversion advice will be publicised ahead of the work next month.

The work at Brettargh Holt will be followed on Monday 19 September by 2 nights of work at Lindale Hill where £43,000 is being spent on repairs to the eastbound carriageway between Low Newton and Meathop junctions. The eastbound carriageway will be closed on each of the 2 nights between 8pm and 6am. Clearly signed diversions will be in place with drivers heading beyond Low Newton needing to leave the A590 at Newby Bridge and using the northbound A592 towards Bowness and Windermere and then the A591 to rejoin the A590 at Brettargh Holt roundabout.

The third project - £136,000 of repairs between Pool Foot and Roam Bridge – will take place over 5 nights between 8pm and 6am each night from Sunday 25 September to Friday 30 September. During the first night, drivers will be held at temporary traffic lights but both the eastbound and westbound carriageway will be closed on the following 4 nights. A clearly signed diversion route will be in place for both westbound and eastbound drivers with more details ahead of the work.

General enquiries

Members of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.

Media enquiries

Journalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.

Published 31 August 2016