Month of delays expected on main Carlisle route due to roadworks
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.