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Public response will aid bid for A66 safety cash

A decision about cash for road safety improvements on the busy Brigham and Broughton junctions of the A66 could be made by the new year.

VIEWS: One of the drop-in sessions

About 900 people attended recent drop-in sessions about plans to improve the dangerous staggered junctions there.

County highways bosses said the high number of people involved will add strength to the bid for money.

Jonathon Reade, the contractors’ asset manager, said his company will be putting together a business plan and request for funds of between £2 million to £4 million.

He said he hoped the Department for Transport will have made a decision by the new year.

He said: “We were really pleased with the turnout. To get that level of interest is impressive.”

Of the 900 people who attended, nearly 300 of them filled in feedback forms.

Five traffic management options for the junctions were on show, and all of them got some support although one was a clear winner.

Nearly 60 per cent of people supported an idea for two three-arm roundabouts, one at each junction.

Some people suggested that an elongated roundabout would be more effective.

Mr Reade said: “There was an awful lot of support for option five. It was the preference by a long way, in both villages.

“A number of people indicated they liked the elongated idea.

“We shall ask our consultants to have a look at that and consider the journey impact, advantages and disadvantages.

“It’s similar to the four-arm option which did not do very well for people coming out of Brigham, who would have to give way to a heavy flow coming from Cockermouth.”

If the money is forthcoming, 18 months will be spent on technical and design work.

Construction would take a further four to six months.

Have your say

A dual carriageway to Penrith would save 5 mins in average travelling time; but who wants to go to Penrith? A dual carriageway to Sellafield and across the Duddon to the A590 (already dual carriageway to M6) would knock an hour off a trip to Manchester Airport.

Posted by Michael on 15 August 2014 at 14:38

I don't drive this road every day like the proponents for dualling probably do, and I find the A66 totally adequate as it is.

Workington to Cockermouth to Keswick to Penrith - all perfectly acceptable journeys if you have JUST A LITTLE PATIENCE.

There are junctions, yes, but they're only as dangerous as the road users, and it's those people that have to TAKE MORE CARE rather than expecting to breeze through at full speed without any consideration for the conditions.

Posted by Middle of the Road on 12 August 2014 at 13:04

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