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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Alternative route for A596 lorries mooted

A route to direct large lorries using roads away from West Cumbrian villages and towns has been put forward.

Parish councillors from along the A596 met at Crosby, near Maryport, on Wednesday to discuss the problems caused by HGVs which pass through 11 towns and villages, including Aspatria, Prospect, Crosby Villa, Crosby, Birkby, Maryport and Flimby.

It was suggested that a loop route using the A595 and A596 between Carlisle and Workington may mitigate some of the problems.

The meeting was called by the Crosscanonby Parish Council.

There is concern that Iggesund Paperboard’s new biomass plant at its Siddick, Workington, site, will mean an extra 400,000 tonnes of wood transported there in the future.

David Mossom, Crosscanonby Parish Council chairman, said there was no criticism of Iggesund which was also trying to be a good neighbour.

He added: “We need this factory in the area and there was no suggestion that this was in any way an anti-Iggesund meeting.”

Among those at the meeting were county council leader Eddie Martin and the authority’s principal transport policy officer, Jonathan Smith.

They said that about 100,000 tonnes of timber would arrive by sea via the Port of Workington.

Carrying the timber by rail was less efficient because rail tunnels were too low to cope.

The meeting heard that lorries using the A595 would pass close to Bothel but no other residential area until Workington.

Coun Martin and Mr Smith agreed to put a suggestion to the county’s transport working group next week to consider a route where loaded wagons would be directed along the A595 to Workington and then the A596 for their returns when empty.

Mr Mossom added: “It will not entirely solve the problem but it will spread the load a little.”

The county council will also look at Thursby roundabout signs, just west of Carlisle, which direct traffic to Workington along the A596.

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

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Seatoian answering your comments - the Lockerbie mills sit adjacent to a raileway line and I understand they dont use them because of the costs and impacts that would be inflicted onto a main line. Lets try and see the positive benefits of jobs and employment.

I live locally and I suppot this move. More important that there is dialogue between Parish councils and the operator.

Posted by Fred on 25 March 2013 at 13:15

seatonian you obviously missed all the announcements in the paper and on the news about the new build it was very well publisized, permission for all the houses that were built near to the factory was granted when tests were carried out during a period when the mill was on a shutdown so it was very quiet, the noise from the mill is less than it has ever been!!!

Posted by albert on 13 March 2013 at 12:53

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