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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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Support is growing for Workington bypass demand

A Workington woman’s call for a new town bypass has been backed by councillors.

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PLEA: Coun Hilary Harrington collecting signatures for her bypass petition

Hilary Harrington wants to see a new 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 week.

She called on county councillors to lobby the Government for funding for the new bypass.

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.

Coun Nicholson added that the issue should be brought before the council’s highways working group.

Ted Thwaites, county council’s area support manager, said the need for a bypass had been raised before and would be put on the agenda at a future local committee meeting.

Last month Coun Harrington launched a petition to garner support for the 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

Not true, gumshoe. It was Dept of Transport in London that insisted on rebuilding in the same place, and it was their money so they got their way. Agree that it was a missed opportunity, though.

Posted by Michael on 17 August 2014 at 15:58

The realopportunity to solve this problem was after the floods when a new road bridge was required. Schemes to link the repositioning of this bridge with a new bypass were partially developed but counillors could only think in the short term and opted for the quick fix of simply rebuilding Northside Bridge in the same place.

Posted by gumshoe on 2 August 2014 at 15:55

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