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MP hails community as Greenodd roundabout opens!

February 24, 2014 1:56 PM

South Lakes MP Tim Farron has been to the site of the Greenodd roundabout to see the progress of the work.The roundabout on the A590 at Greenodd has been finished and is now officially open. South Lakes MP Tim Farron has thanked local residents for their campaigning on the issue for many years.

The roundabout, which received widespread support from residents and businesses, will help reduce accidents on the busy A590.

It has been constructed at the junction with the A5092 local road as part of the Government's £317 million national pinch point initiative, and is the first project from the pinch point programme to be completed in the North West.

Work to construct the roundabout, which replaces a T-junction, has involved a range of challenges - including fixing rock netting to ensure the safety of workers and drivers during the work, and rehoming dozens of protected slow worms and two palmate newts to a nearby wooded area before starting the work.

The pinch point initiative is a two year programme of targeted work devised with the input of councils and local enterprise partnerships to help stimulate new development and local economic growth by improving road safety and tackling congestion bottle necks.

Tim said: "Over the last few years, we have fought and fought to make the Greenodd junction safer and I'm delighted that together we have made this happen. But this is just another step forward in our long running campaign to make the A590 safer.

"I will keep pressing for funding to improve the road and work to unlock the economic potential of the peninsula."