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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

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Green light given for junction relief

WORK to install traffic lights at a congested Whitehaven junction is set to take place in January.

By Andrew Clarke

The Highways Agency (HA) announced in April 2013 that it will be upgrading the junction of Mirehouse Road and the A595 in a £550,000 scheme.

It said that the Sellafield commuter traffic at peak times results in delays at the busy junctions which the improvements will significantly reduce.

As well as traffic lights, there will also be new pedestrian islands to improve safety.

The HA has confirmed this week that work is scheduled for January and will take six weeks to complete.

The scheme is one of 58 nationally – representing a total investment of £98million – to get the go-ahead in its ‘pinch point’ programme designed to remove bottlenecks and keep traffic moving.

When it was announced, the scheme was welcomed by Mirehouse Residents Group, Copeland MP Jamie Reed, as well as the borough and county councils.

The residents group’s Keith Cartner said: “It has been raised as a problem from residents as sometimes it can take 15 to 20 minutes to get out of that junction.”

Have your say

What about other junctions on A595.They are worse than mirehouse .How about sorting the traffic lights out on Hensingham by-pass and Inkermam ,you wait there ages whilst traffic coming out of Whitehaven seen to get priority.

Posted by bob on 8 July 2014 at 11:21

traffic jam .. it is not just for the people of Mirehouse, it is for the people of St.Bees and people returning to Egremont etc from the Aldi / Asda part of town. You have a selfish attitude typical to the majority of people already on the A595 on their way home. A case of 'I'm alright jack'. Spare a thought for other motorists.

Posted by Nicky on 6 July 2014 at 17:50

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