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Have your say on new A590 roundabout

Drivers and residents are being encouraged to have their say on plans for a new £5 million roundabout on the A590 at Swarthmoor which could help support over 1,000 new homes.

The Highways England scheme is being funded by the government’s Growth and Housing Fund, South Lakeland District Council and using private sector funding to support housing development opportunities in the area.

The roundabout will be created at the junctions with Pennington Lane and Main Road on a stretch of the A590 which is used by around 20,000 drivers every day, with the aim of making it easier to join and leave the A590 as well as improving safety.

Drivers and local people can find out more about the proposals at a drop-in event at The Memorial Hall in Swarthmoor on Thursday 20 September.

Jonathan Reade, Project Manager at Highways England, said: “The new roundabout on the A590 could help bring major economic benefits to the area, including over 1,000 new homes, and we’re now at the stage of beginning detailed development for the plans.

“We want to find out what drivers, local residents and workers think of our proposals so that they can have a real impact on influencing how the plans develop.

“We’ll be at the Memorial Hall on Thursday afternoon and evening and we’re encouraging people to drop in at any time to speak to us, find out more about the plans and let us know what they think.”

The government’s £100 million Growth and Housing Fund was set up as part of the government’s £15 billion investment in roads, and provides financial contributions towards the cost of road improvements needed for new developments that provide new jobs and homes.

Detailed development for the scheme at Swarthmoor is expected to take up to 18 months to complete, and the new roundabout could be open to traffic by the end of 2020.

The drop-in event is taking place between 1pm and 7pm on Thursday 20 September at The Memorial Hall on Pennington Lane in Swarthmoor.

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