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Thursday, 02 October 2014

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Hundreds view options for A66 danger junction

More than 900 people attended drop-in sessions about plans to improve the busy Brigham and Broughton junctions of the A66.

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A66 OPTIONS: Peter Boyes, left, and Derek Jackson, of High Brigham, discuss the ideas for improving the Brigham and Broughton junctions

The ideas went on display following a campaign to alter the dangerous, staggered junction on the main Cockermouth to Workington route.

Contractors working on behalf of the Highways Agency are looking at potential alternatives and assessing feasibility.

Two sessions were held at halls in the twin villages.

The five main options involved roundabouts. Others previously considered, but thought to be less effective by highways experts, included a reduction of the A66 speed limit to 50mph, a two-level junction, and traffic signals.

Three of the options were for single three-arm roundabouts at the Broughton junction.

One would leave the Brigham junction essentially unchanged and the other would involve Brigham drivers only being allowed to turn left on to the A66.

The third would involve a junction where drivers turning right into Brigham would have to divert to the Fitz roundabout near Cockermouth. The fourth, and most costly option, would involve a four-arm roundabout at or near the Broughton junction.

The fifth option would feature two three-arm roundabouts.

People were asked to write down their thoughts.

Angela Moffet, customer services manager, said: “We want to give people an idea of things they maybe did not think about.

“We are hoping that by the end of August we will have an idea of people’s opinions.”

Jonathon Reade, of the Highways Agency, said: “We want to get a feel for what people want.”

Stephen Murray, 64, of Great Broughton, who runs an internet business, said: “An elongated roundabout with the same footprint would not require the building of new roads. Two roundabouts close together would cause a problem.”

Roger Pope, 61, a retired civil engineer, of Papcastle, said: “It’s getting worse and worse. It’s amazing not more people are killed there. Drivers are so frustrated by it.”

At Brigham Village Hall, Derek Jackson said: “It’s got to change. It should not have been done like that in the first place. The situation is impossible at times.”

Mick Crombleholme, of Church Meadows, Great Broughton, has been campaigning for improvements since 2012. He said he was delighted with the turnout.

Have your say

The fact that nothing has been done after all this time and number of people who have died at the two road ends. Along with the fact that the right option, a roundabout, goes to show that common sense, safety and people's lives is too costly for some!!

Posted by browton bob on 3 August 2014 at 20:34

A large roundabout catering for both exits to Broughton and Brigham, as well as East/West carriageways of the A66. It's simple, and would help keep the speed of the traffic on the A66 regulated. However, it amazes me that no consideration appears to have been given to much longer slip roads, as used in Carlisle for traffic joining the A595 which is a busier road. 45 degree turns require a standing start, but slip roads allow traffic to join the main arterial road at a better angle and also allows for them to build up speed. You never see roads joining motorways at right angles.

Posted by Jay on 3 August 2014 at 20:34

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