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Road improvement scheme will help us deliver our plans and ambitions

28 December 2017

Plans for a new roundabout on the A590 west of the Cross-a-Moor junction, near Swarthmoor, have taken a major step forward with the announcement from Highways England that the county has been successful in its bid for £3m of funding.

For the past two years the County Council has been working closely with Cumbria’s Local Enterprise Partnership and ourselves to develop the plans and the funding bid.

The new roundabout is required to support the delivery of more than 1,000 new homes at the south of the town.

Cllr Graham Vincent, our Portfolio Holder for Economy and Assets, said:

“The council’s contribution to the junction improvements demonstrates our commitment to support growth in the local economy, deliver new employment opportunities and improve the lives of people living in this area. 

 “We have a key council commitment to help create 1,000 new affordable homes for rent in South Lakeland by 2025. The housing being planned for that area of Ulverston represents about 20% of all the new homes to be built in the entire district.

 “The improvements at Cross-a-Moor will be a critical component, improving accessibility and helping SLDC to support and deliver its wider plans and ambitions.”  

The total cost of the improvement work is estimated at £5m. With £3m now secured from the Highways England Growth and Housing Funding, the remainder will come from £1.7m of developer contributions and £300,000 from ourselves.

Detailed design work will now begin and, as part of this, dialogue with local landowners will be undertaken.

Cllr Keith Little, Cumbria County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said:

“I’m delighted with this announcement. In the past week the council has secured £4.67m of national investment in our highways infrastructure and that is fantastic news. We’ve worked closely with the LEP, South Lakeland District Council and Highways England on this bid and it’s encouraging to see that paying off. If the county is to meet the demands of a growing population we need our vital infrastructure to be able to cope, this new roundabout will make big difference as this new housing is developed.”