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Thursday, 24 April 2014

Options to cut lorry numbers on A596 will be considered

PLANS are being discussed to minimise the number of HGVs using the busy A596 through the Maryport area.

A new biomass plant at Iggesund Paperboard, Siddick, could see the amount of timber lorries using the route almost double, if steps are not put in place.

The council’s highways and transport working group has been told that the 20 to 30 vehicles accessing the paper mill daily at present could increase by 50 or 100 extra trips per day because it will need 517,000 tonnes of timber a year.

Iggesund, the Cumbria Timber Transport Group and the county council are urgently considering steps to reduce the A596 traffic flow.

It follows growing concern over the amount of heavy traffic through Aspatria, Prospect, Crosby Villa, Crosby, Birkby, Maryport and Flimby.

A survey by Iggesund found that most drivers entering its site used the A596 in preference to the A595 as it was unsuitable and incurred extra mileage costs.

Iggesund said it acknowledged the need for timber to be transported responsibly and with consideration.

It also plans to make “extensive use of the Port of Workington”, a council report said.

The council’s local area committee for Allerdale will consider options today, including a restriction or ban on HGV movements on the A596.

But councillors will be told that banning HGVs would not be feasible, because of industries nearby the A596 and because a restriction could push lorries onto the A595 through Workington town centre.

Councillors have been recommended to approve measures including speed management in towns and villages, use of the A595 for night-time journeys only, Iggesund to draw up a code of conduct to minimise impact and avoid peak times for other traffic, and more use of Workington port and the railway.

Councillor Keith Little said: “The amount of timber coming through the Port of Workington is increasing every year.

“The advantage is that it then has to travel only a short distance by road, with minimum disruption to residents and limited wear and tear on the roads.”

He was aware of the concern of residents along the A596 and said Iggesund was working closely with other parties to minimise disruption.

No one was available for comment at Iggesund.

Have your say

Natter Jack, great minds must think alike.
it does not seem to be such a problem to folk who dont work for the Council to see.

And for that remark about councillors, wanting speed restrictions put in place,
the whole road, bar about 300yards is 30 and 40 mph, where as once it was 60.

if lowering the speed is best they can come up with, then they are not fit to be where they are.

Posted by Markus on 26 January 2013 at 21:01

Why can't they re-instate a branch line into the site & use the railway. After all, there is a railhead at Cargo where a lot of the wood is stored & the railway bridge still stands over the A596 @ Siddick near to the site. This would reduce traffic and be much more environmentally friendly & potentially save mileage costs also.

Posted by Natter Jack on 21 January 2013 at 21:03

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