Press release

Essential repairs to be carried out along A590 at Ulverston

The Highways Agency will be carrying out essential carriageway reconstruction and resurfacing work on the A590 Canal Street in Ulverston between Booths Roundabout and the junction with Swan Street, for approximately two weeks from Monday 31 March.


Work on the £175,000 scheme will take place overnight between 7.30pm and 6.00am to minimise disruption, with one lane at a time closed and convoy working in place, allowing vehicles approaching from different directions to take turns driving through the remaining lane. A temporary speed limit of 10mph will be in force during this time.

It will be necessary to impose restrictions on vehicles over 6ft 6ins, or 1.95 metres wide while certain aspects of the work are under way, as the narrower single lane carriageway will be unable to accommodate them. These restrictions will be in place each evening between the hours of 7:30pm and midnight.

A clearly signed diversion will be in place for wide loads, which is 13.5 miles in length, along the A5092 between Greenodd and Grizebeck and the A595 between Grizebeck and Dalton-in-Furness.

Peter Gee, project manager at the Highways Agency, said:

This work is essential in order to address the problems with the carriageway along this stretch of the A590. It will lead to improved safety for the travelling public, and better quality of life for local residents as the removal of potholes and repair of damaged carriageway will lead to a reduction of noise.

Overnight lane closures are necessary in order to ensure the work is carried out safely. The Highways Agency apologises for any inconvenience while the repairs take place, especially with regard to wide vehicles but there is no suitable alternative to the proposed diversion route due to the narrowness of parallel routes.

We have been consulting bus and haulage firms and local business organisations to make sure that drivers are aware of the restrictions, and thank the public for their patience at this time.

The work is due to be completed by Monday 17 March.

General enquiries

Members of the public should contact the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000

Media enquiries

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

Published 24 March 2014