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Elected Mayor responds to flooding in Copeland

Elected Mayor of Copeland, Mike Starkie
Elected Mayor of Copeland, Mike Starkie

[E]lected Mayor Mike Starkie today commented on the news that the A595 was closed today at the Duddon Bridge and at Bootle.

Mayor Starkie said: “These road closures due to flooding demonstrate once again the clear and urgent need for the A595 to be upgraded and ensure that it is fit for purpose. The situation is disgraceful and my thoughts are with our residents who are directly affected.

“Anyone travelling from Millom and the south of the borough to West Cumbria face a 100 mile detour when the A595 is closed at Duddon. It is a ridiculous, inconvenient, and unnecessary situation that occurs far too regularly.

“The inconvenience to residents and business is bad enough but we must also think of anyone unfortunate enough to have a medical emergency during these closures. It is high time the Government listened and at the very least carry out the urgent upgrades that are required to our major arterial A road that at one stage travels through a farm yard! I will be writing today to the Department of Transport and demand that they take action.”

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