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Iggesund chief in ‘better roads’ plea

A Workington factory boss this week called for more investment in West Cumbria’s roads as the only solution to the area’s growing transport problems.

WANTS BETTER ROADS: Jonny Lowe, of Iggesund

Iggesund Paperboard responded to mounting criticism from parish councils and residents along the A596 over the increased number of timber lorries using the busy, winding route to reach the Siddick plant.

An action group is likely to be set up soon to demand changes.

Jonny Lowe, head of human resources at Iggesund, said: “What is needed is improvement to the A596 and the infrastructure of this area. This is critical.

“We run our business despite the situation rather than because of it.”

Workington MP Sir Tony Cunningham joined the call for Government investment in West Cumbria’s roads.

He said: “It’s a difficult situation for all concerned. I’ve been closely involved with the issue for a while.

“Iggesund needs the timber, and we need companies like Iggesund to invest in West Cumbria, but it shouldn’t be impacting on people’s quality of life. We need urgent cash to repair and upgrade our crumbling road system.

“How can West Cumbria be taken seriously as a centre of energy excellence if our infrastructure isn’t up to scratch?

“I hope Iggesund is also looking at other means of transport as the railway runs by the plant and, of course, the port which it already uses.”

Bill Finlay, Allerdale and Aspatria town councillor, claimed this week that an argument was being used that the traffic issue could force Iggesund to relocate back to Sweden.

Mr Lowe said he did not want to get into a war of words, but after investing more than £108 million in a biomass plant it was unlikely that Iggesund was going anywhere.

He said the company itself had never made the suggestion.

He added that Iggesund had been working with the county council to try and relieve anxiety over the growing number of large lorries using the A596.

He added: “We have had numerous discussions with the county, and we bring timber in through the port.”

The Siddick plant needs 517,000 tonnes of wood a year which arrive via the A595 and A596.

Have your say

its the timber wagons what are distroying the roads are iggesund going to pay towards the road repairs

Posted by Dave on 9 May 2014 at 12:50

Finally we people calling for road improvements. Let us hope it is not the County Council who plan the road improvemnts. Just look at the western bypass at Carlisle! It takes longer to go round the roundabouted route than going through Carlisle. Cumbria as a whole needs roads for the 21st century as opposed to the current roads from the 19 th century. What is required is a dual carriageway from the M6 north of Carlisle all the way through West Cumbria down to Barrow and then to the M6 south of Kendal. Then the A66 upgraded to dual carriageway.

If London can have cross rail we can have some roads to cater for modern lifestyles.

Posted by Orange peel on 2 May 2014 at 18:37

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