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Sunday, 20 April 2014

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Roundabout at A66 Brigham-Broughton junction not ruled out

Highways bosses have not ruled out putting a new roundabout on the A66 to tackle safety concerns at the busy Broughton and Brigham junctions.

The Highways Agency has been investigating ways to make the present staggered junction safer since November, shortly after motorcyclist Paul Fursey died in a crash there.

That collision was one of eight accidents at the site between January 2008 and December 2012, seven of them at the Broughton turning.

A traffic survey has now been carried out, showing that about 18,000 vehicles use the road.

About 4,000 vehicles use the Broughton side road each day, with about 1,800 using the Brigham turning.

The survey showed that the average speed of vehicles between the two turnings was below 50mph, with 85 per cent of traffic travelling at less than 58mph.

Jonathan Reade, Highways Agency asset manager, said: “A review of these flows against our road layout design standards indicated a roundabout at Great Broughton might be an appropriate layout.”

He said the Brigham turning might be suitable for a roundabout or for carriageway widening and longer traffic islands between the two directions of traffic.

But he warned that four of the eight accidents had involved cyclists and roundabouts could make them more vulnerable.

Mr Reade added: “It is too early to discount any type of junction improvement.”

Enterprise Mouchel, which maintains the A66 Cockermouth-Workington route for the Highways Agency, will now be asked to identify options, including a roundabout, and advise on feasibility.

Motorists who would like their experiences of the junctions to be considered can email details, including dates and times, to nicky.cockburn@allerdale.gov.uk.

Have your say

Easiest and cheapest solution, close the road up to Brigham. Open up the old A595 road for entry at the Fitz round about.
Traffic for Cockermouth and Broughton would use this route while Workington traffic would go via Chapel Brow.
And before anyone mentions it, reopen the Post Offdfice in Brigham

Posted by Dave on 3 May 2013 at 01:42

Since the construction of the A66 40 years ago, thanks for the history lesson Donkey, the villages of Broughton and Brigham have increased in size by about 60 percent. Developments in industry have seen an increase in commuting traffic probably again by 60 percent.
Since its initial construction 4 roundabouts have been constructed in the Cockermouth area, one of them because of the number of fatal collisions that had occurred.
There is going to be a 34 percent increase in the number of homes in Brigham over the next few years. And no doubt Broughton will see a similar increase.
I'm sure that the highways dept, had they had a crystal ball, would have put a roundabout at the Brigham/Broughton junction as well as the other 4 locations when they originally constructed the road.
When we moved into the village the proximity of the A66 was a consideration, one of the reasons why we moved here. But heck we didn't have a crystal ball either!
The saying goes 'If it ain't broke don't fix it' which is very true, but what's wrong with trying to improve things? Or perhaps like Donkey you'd like to be living 40 years ago and have a crystal ball!

Posted by Mark N on 1 May 2013 at 17:19

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