Press release

Diversions in place for overnight A590 repairs

Overnight wear and tear repairs giving drivers safer, smoother journeys along the A590 in Cumbria will be taking place later this month.

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During the work the eastbound carriageway will be closed for for a total of 4 nights with diversions in place.

Highways England is carrying out surface repairs along 2 separate dual carriageway sections of the eastbound A590 – at Pigwilly Wood between Brettargh Holt roundabout and the M6 and between Meathop roundabout and the junction for Witherslack.

Highways England project manager Peter Gee said:

This is essential work to tackle wear and tear along the eastbound A590 and we do need to close the dual carriageway overnight to do the work. We appreciate that these 4 nights of work at the 2 different locations will mean fairly lengthy diversions for anyone heading to the M6 and we would urge drivers to build in extra time for journeys.

The Pigwilly Wood project, worth £74,000, will take place on Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 September. The second project between Meathop roundabout and the junction for Witherslack will cost £56,000 and will be carried out on Monday 21 September and Tuesday 22 September.

On each of the 4 nights the eastbound carriageway will close between 8pm and 6am with clearly-signed diversions in place.

There are 2 diversion options for the Brettargh Holt to M6 eastbound closure with traffic able to join the M6 at junction 36 via the northbound A591 and A6 towards Kendal and the southbound A65. Drivers can also join the southbound M6 at junction 35 at Carnforth by joining the southbound A6 from the A590 at Levens.

During the closure of the eastbound carriageway between Meathop roundabout and the junction for Witherslack drivers heading for the M6 will need to leave the A590 at Newby Bridge - taking the northbound A592 up to Windermere and then the A591 towards Kendal and then the southbound A591, rejoining the A590 at Brettargh Holt roundabout.

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 1 September 2015
Last updated 1 September 2015 + show all updates
  1. The original press release reffered incorrectly to the location of 'Brettargh Wood' This has now been replaced with the correct location of 'Brettargh Holt'
  2. First published.