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MP presses Highways England to get on with A590 safety improvements after two serious accidents in two weeks

August 18, 2021 11:01 AM

South Lakes MP Tim Farron has written to Highways England, urging them to push ahead with plans for a roundabout at Gilpin Bridge near Levens after two major accidents on the A590 in the space of just two weeks.

Earlier this month a cyclist in his eighties was tragically killed after a collision with a van, and just yesterday two air ambulances were called to a crash involving a car and a HGV.

In a letter to the Acting Chief Executive of Highways England, Tim said: "While I know Highways England has been working on various safety improvements on other parts of the A590 such as at Newby Bridge and Cross-a-Moor, it feels like this dangerous junction has just been forgotten about.

"The tragic incidents of the past two weeks must surely hammer home that we cannot wait any longer to act.

"A roundabout at Gilpin Bridge is badly needed and I would strongly encourage you to do everything in your power to push this along.

"I would be more than happy to meet with your team to discuss what I can do to help move this important work on as quickly as possible."