Press release

Driver, pedestrian and cyclist safety improvements for A590

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A £50,000 Highways England project to improve safety along a section of the A590 outside Ulverston in Cumbria was completed on Monday (23 November).

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New signs and white lines along the eastbound carriageway between Arrad Foot and Greenodd Roundabout have been provided after a series of accidents involving drivers losing control on a bend in the road.

Highways England project manager Peter Gee said:

The new arrangements give drivers better warning of the road layout and should improve safety on this stretch of the A590.

We recently carried out a safety review of this section of the A590 and it revealed that 6 out of the 7 personal injury accidents over the last 5 years were due to drivers losing control of their vehicle on a bend.

We’re urging drivers to take notice of the new signs and road markings to make sure they stay safe.

Elsewhere along the A590, around Gilpin Bridge, Highways England is delivering £30,000 of improvements for pedestrians and cyclists in a 5 day scheme starting on Monday (30 November). The existing cycle track between Raven’s Lodge and the A5074 will benefit from an upgrade and repairs.

Signage for cyclists on the local roads network – designed to keep cyclists on local roads and away from the busy A590 – is also being provided along sections of the A590 between Lindale and High Newton and Brettargh Holt and Levens. A further cycling improvement scheme is taking place between Newby Bridge and Ayside.

None of the work will affect drivers’ journeys.

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 26 November 2015