Local Councillor welcomes £300,000 for vital road improvements on A590
Mid Furness District Councillor Andrew Butcher has welcomed £300,000 towards a road improvement scheme at a notorious junction at Cross-a-Moor on the A590. The money has come from South Lakeland District Council towards a bid for more funds from Highways England and Cumbria Local Enterprise partnership.
Local Councillor Andrew Butcher commented saying:
“I welcome this first step in helping to deliver a much needed roundabout at Cross-a-Moor. These improvements have been needed for many years not only to help local residents go about their daily business but in particular to help parents safely deliver their children to the popular Pennington Primary School.”
South Lakeland District Council has allocated land nearby, adjacent to Swarthmoor, for over one thousand homes, something the existing infrastructure cannot handle.
The Councillor for Mid Furness continued saying:
“The need for this roundabout again proves that the addition to the local plan of the Swarthmoor housing site was wrong and I continue to object to this because of the huge pressures it brings to the local community in terms of traffic and infrastructure needs. It will be many years before any junction appears so planning consent should not be given on this site till road improvements are delivered”.
The total cost of the project could be as high as £6 million with the rest of the funding coming from Highways England and Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership.
Leader of South Lakeland Conservatives Ben Berry spoke of the importance of the A590 saying:
“The A590 is of massive importance not just for Swarthmoor and Ulverston but for Barrow and the entire Furness Peninsula. I very much welcome these proposed works but stress that the junction at Cross-a-Moor is not the only improvement that we believe needs to be made.”
Councillor Butcher and Berry stressed that any road works to be as quick and congestion free as possible.