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Thursday, 30 July 2015

Roadworks: more frustration for businesses

Businesses which use the A590 are having to alter the way they work after roadworks to build a roundabout caused traffic chaos.

expect delays Work begins on the new A590 roundabout at Greenodd. The construction is expected to last into early next year JON GRANGER REF: 50051694B000 & 50051695B000

Motorists were yesterday experiencing tailbacks of more than an hour due to works to construct a £2.7m roundabout at the Greenodd junction.

Ground work is under way, with construction due to start in the autumn and full completion by February.

John Shaw, managing director of the coach and holiday company The Travellers Choice, said he was having to send coaches an hour early in order to arrive roughly on time.

He said: "We have drivers' hours regulations to work to and we've put an hour on each end of the day. It's not cost-effective.

“If they had to pay for the extra time businesses are spending trying to get in and out, they'd either rush the job through or find some alternative way of doing it, because if it carries on the way it is at the moment, God knows what's going to happen.”

A spokeswoman for Stagecoach said: "We have committed additional resources in order to maintain the hourly X6 bus service between Kendal and Barrow during this period of road maintenance at Greenodd.

"We are monitoring the level of congestion and delays throughout the day and are doing all we can in order to maintain bus times as close to the timetable as possible."

Sue Thompson, manager of Airport Services Barrow, said her services were experiencing around an hour and half delay for a return journey.

She said: "We're going to have to perhaps phone people and advise them and maybe bring journeys forward half an hour.”

A spokesman for the office of John Woodcock MP said: “When work is being carried out on a project of this size some traffic disruption is bound to occur.

“But delays of 50 minutes seem excessive and the Highways Agency needs to find ways of dealing with traffic control so that motorists’ frustrations are kept to a minimum.

“The bigger picture is that early in the new year this accident black spot will be much safer – which is what motorists and Greenodd residents have been requesting for years.”

Samantha Whittaker, project manager for the Highways Agency, said delays yesterday were exacerbated by a broken down vehicle in the roadworks.

She said: “The good news is that after this phase of work is completed by the end of this week the delays will be greatly reduced.

“We are committed to keeping residents informed throughout the programme and we ask road users to be patient while the improvement work is carried out.”


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