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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

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New traffic lights for busy junction

TRAFFIC lights are to be installed at a congested junction to improve safety in a £550,000 road scheme.

busy: The junction of the A595 with Mirehouse Road

The Highways Agency has announced that it will be upgrading the junction of Mirehouse Road, Whitehaven, and the A595 in 2015.

It says 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 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.

Mirehouse Residents’ Group welcomes the news. Keith Cartner, community co-ordinator, said: “It has been raised as a problem from residents at some of our meetings as sometimes it can take 15 to 20 minutes to get out of that junction.”

Proposed schemes to improve the junction of the Loop Road with the Highlands estate and ease congestion at the New Road junction with the Pelican Garage were both unsuccessful.

Andrew Moss, Cumbria County Council’s highways and transportation assistant director, said: “This announcement from the Highways Agency is very welcome news and follows a specific bid for these works prepared by Cumbria County Council.

“Upgrading this junction to include traffic lights and pedestrian islands will significantly help reduce traffic congestion, as well as making the junction safer for drivers and pedestrians attempting to cross. The county council has consistently and strongly argued for improvements to the A595 given the huge importance good transport links have for job creation and economic prosperity in the area.”

Copeland MP Jamie Reed said the investment had been asked for through the West Cumbria Strategic Forum – of which he is joint chair with Workington MP Tony Cunningham. The bid was then submitted through the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership. Mr Reed said: “This is a very modest investment, but welcome nonetheless. Elaine Woodburn has persistently lobbied for this improvement and it should make a positive contribution towards our plans.”

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “The Government is committed to cutting congestion and accelerating growth – that is why the Chancellor injected an extra £100 million into the Highways Agency pinch-point programme last autumn.”

Have your say

I think the solution for the A595 between bigrigg and the hospital roundabout is to install 2 roundabouts, one at scalegill junction and one at the mirehouse junction. There is plenty of room in both areas and traffic would flow freely instead of having to wait for a green light (wether or not there is any traffic emerging from the sideroads). Additionally I would make traffic coming out of westlakes turn left to the new roundabout and traffic entering westlakes from the south bound lane only, this would remove the traffic lights and allow the new roundabouts to sort the traffic.

Posted by eric on 16 June 2014 at 10:37

The junction at the bottom of Rosehill causes more delays than Mirehouse. Three Business Parks (Moresby,Hensingham & Cleator Moor)
Schools, WCH & populations of Hensingham & Cleator Moor etc use this busy junction & now with Gallows Lonning closing prohibiting traffic to access the A595 at the Moresby roundabout it will surely get busier.
With the new build (Garage ,Spar & houses) on the Hensingham Road the Rosehill junction will surely get busier. The Highways should address this quickly & install traffic lights here.
At the Mirehouse junction when delays occur traffic can exit the junction because of standing traffic.
Traffic moves too fast at the Rosehill junction & consequently delays can be up to 20 minutes or more.

Posted by S Thompson on 12 May 2013 at 07:48

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