RENEWED calls to build a roundabout on an A66 accident blackspot have been made following another road traffic collision this week. 

A woman was taken to hospital after a crash on the A66 at Broughton Crossroads on Bank Holiday Monday morning (May 2). 

Fire crews, ambulance and air ambulance attended the crash involving a silver BMW and blue van.

The female BMW driver was taken to hospital with a leg injury. 

Now Local representatives have called on Highways to move forward with plans for Broughton Crossroads, which has become a notorious 'dangerous stretch' of the A66

Nicky Cockburn, Allerdale Borough Councillor for the Broughton St. Bridgets ward has said that the National Highways who have proposed the roundabout need to 'get their finger out' before more accidents happen.

She said: "This has gone on for long enough, we keep being promised that they will find funding for it and nothing happens, they have got the plans, they've sorted out the logistics and it's just really frustrating for everybody."

Nicky said that her and the Parish council have 'lobbied really hard' for improvements over the years.

She said: "There's going to be more and more really is a danger to people, it's about time Highways England got their fingers out."

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Nicky also called on Mark Jenkinson to 'do more' to push for the roundabout.

Workington MP Mark Jenkinson said he had spent 'quite a bit of time' lobbying Highways England for improvements to the Broughton crossroads since he was elected in 2019.

He said: "I will be stepping up efforts once again with Highways England, it certainly is moving not as fast as I would like or I'm sure villages on either side of that road will like.

"It will move forward I am confident on that, it has proven itself to be an incredibly dangerous junction, it is one where I as a confident driver feel often like your taking your life in your own hands, so it has to happen there are no two ways about that."

A spokesman for National Highways, said: "We remain committed to supporting residents’ aspirations for safety improvements along the A66 at Broughton and Brigham and are continuing to develop design and environmental assessments to replace the staggered junction with a roundabout like we are doing elsewhere in Cumbria along the A590 at Cross-a-Moor. 

"Moving to detailed design and construction will require funding approval but our ambition is to start work before the end of spring 2024."

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