Month of delays expected on main Carlisle route due to roadworks

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Junction of London Road/ Eastern Way/Carliol Drive in Carlisle
Junction of London Road/ Eastern Way/Carliol Drive in Carlisle

Motorists are set for a summer of delays on one of Carlisle's busiest roads - with a main junction closed from today for a month.

United Utilities is shutting the junction at the corner of Carliol Drive and London Road as part of an ongoing project to upgrade the city's water mains.

Three-way temporary traffic lights will be put into place at the junction of London Road and Eastern Way.

Major roadworks can cause delays around Carlisle, with the tailbacks having a knock-on effect on other main roads.

But local hotelier David Middleton, who runs The Pinegrove on London Road, says motorists are just going to have to put up with it.

He said: "They always seem to do these things in the summer holidays.

"I don't think there's ever a time when London Road isn't dug up - if it's not water, it's electricity or telephone cables.

"It's not uncommon for tradesman to block my drive and I have to ring up the companies they work for and complain as I need access for the emergency services and my guests.

"I expect this latest closure will affect rush hour traffic the most."

United Utilities says the work is part of a four year £14m project.

A spokesman said: "The next phase of work, due to start today, involves work at the junction of London Road and Eastern Way.

"This is expected to last approximately four weeks.

"We will do everything possible to minimise disruption for motorists, residents and businesses, and will continue to share information with communities as the scheme progresses.

"This work is the latest phase in a four year £14m project to upgrade Carlisle's water mains, ensuring great quality tap water for our customers for many years to come."

Businesses and residents will still have access to their homes and pedestrian access will not be affected.

The county council, which looks after highways, said it had "no concerns" over the road closure.

A spokesman said: "We have no concerns because a signed diversion will be in place. Access for emergency vehicles is maintained at all times."

The work is being carried out by Amey.

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Dilbert   Allioli , Carlisle Tuesday, 25 July, 2017 at 1:58PM
Theres always somebody whining.
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Mike   , Carlisle Monday, 24 July, 2017 at 9:29PM
Buddy buds - absolutely nothing to do with Carlisle City Council which you would have ascertained had you actually read the article.
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Tom   Armstrong , wigton Monday, 24 July, 2017 at 12:22PM
I fully understand repairs have to be carried out but what makes the highways agancy think its acceptable to subject people to such delays. On Friday it too me 9 hours to do a 5 hour journey on the A1 and A66, not good enough.
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Cumbrian   , Carlisle Thursday, 27 July, 2017 at 8:52PM
Idea. Don't use the A1 on a Friday in summer, it's always busy. presumably there are still long term roadworks causing delays, so use a different route or do your homework and be prepared, the work all has to be done or you would find even more to complain about.
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buddy   buds , CARLISLE Monday, 24 July, 2017 at 10:38AM
I've got a good idea.. Why not dig up the pedestrianised area up in the middle of the town as well just as the holidays start? Ohhhh? You already have.. Nice one!! Complete farce Carlisle City Council!!
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Dilbertd   Allioli , Carlisle Monday, 24 July, 2017 at 10:17PM
How does the three weeks on the sign become months of disruption does the NewsandStar know something else. Why do people twine about upgrades to infrastructure projects because they would soon complain if the water went off or the electricity went off or the gas went off.
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