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Sunday, 05 July 2015

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County to consider West Cumbrian bypass call

A Workington woman’s call for a new town bypass is to be discussed by Cumbria County Council.

Hilary Harrington wants to see a road built to take vehicles away from Harrington, Salterbeck and Moss Bay.

She is leading the campaign to reduce what she claims are unbearable traffic levels on the A597.

The councillor, who represents Harrington on Workington Town Council and Allerdale council and is chairman of Harrington Residents’ Association, spoke at the county council’s local committee last month.

The idea has gone to the county’s highways working committee.

She launched a petition to gain support for the new bypass and has gathered 1,500 signatures.

Coun Harrington said: “I’m reasonably happy with how things are going so far as they seem to be moving forward.

“We will have to see how things go, but whatever the decision I will contact our MP Sir Tony Cunningham to lobby the Government for its support.”

Last month other councillors backed the idea.

Marjorie Rae, county councillor representing Harrington, backed Coun Harrington’s campaign.

She said: “The traffic passing through Harrington is horrendous. We are only a village and we are crammed with traffic. We cannot take this for much longer.”

Councillors Gerald Humes and Eric Nicholson also backed the call for a new bypass.

The county council previously said a southern Workington bypass would require substantial financial support from the Government, as it did not have the resources needed.

In 2003 the cost of the scheme was estimated at £6.7 million.

The county council carried out a study into a possible bypass more than a decade ago and identified a possible route linking the A596 and A597 through Moorclose.

Have your say

Craig: That is the problem, no council has ever considered where a road could go. Houses and commercial buildings have been given permission without any thought to the future. Unless lots of houses are demolished I do not see any solution. The same applies to Guard Street and High Street as well as the golf course. Now the proposed housing at Ashfield Road South will block off any future route. I think the man with the cross could have made a better fist of planning.

Posted by E Marples on 30 August 2014 at 13:39

The possible route identified a decade ago would no longer be possible as there is a ASDA stores in the beginning of the route and the new Fire Station in the middle of it. She has been campaigning for this bypass but when she was asked if she had any idea where it could go she refused to answer and I can't really see any where a bypass would go without disrupting existing housing in the area. Anybody any ideas?!

Posted by Craig on 29 August 2014 at 14:01

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