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Tribute to 'amazing dad' killed in A596 crash

John Birch Little Credit: Cumbria Police

The wife of a man who died in a collision on the A596 has released a tribute to him, calling him "my world".

John Birch Little, 47, died in a one vehicle crash, which happened near Thursby Roundabout, Carlisle, at around 11:05am on 4 July.

John was an amazing dad to our two children Ewan and Emily and they adored him, he was my best friend and a wonderful supportive husband he was and is my world, I can't start to describe how much we miss him and always will.

John lived for our children and was immensely proud of both of them.

John was like a big brother to my sister Jude and an amazing uncle to Bryce, Ellis, and Joel, who adored him, they will all miss him hugely.”

– John's wife

Investigations into the cause of the collision are continuing, and Cumbria Police are asking anyone with information to contact them.

Major road repairs for A596 start next month

One of Cumbria’s key roads – the A596 between Thursby and Workington – is set for major repairs starting next month.

Much of the work replacing worn-out sections of road with a brand new surface will be carried out at night, to minimise disruption to road users, by Cumbria County Council and its contractor, Connect Roads. Sections of the A596 covering more than 12km of road will be resurfaced.

“Winter has again taken its toll on the network and, with milder weather on the way, the council’s highways teams will shortly be winding down our gritting operations and focusing on an extensive maintenance programme across the county.

“We are aware that parts of the A596 in particular need urgent attention and our contractor will be carrying out major resurfacing works on this key road from mid-April until mid-July. Much of this work will be done overnight to minimise the disruption and I’d ask road users to bear with us because afterwards, everyone will benefit from a much-improved road surface.”

– Cllr Keith Little, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for highways

Temporary road closures will be introduced during the night-time works, usually from 7pm-7am, with signed diversions in place. Some sections of road will also be closed for short periods during the day when milder weather allows completion of resurfacing.

Further maintenance work will be carried out, including resetting drains and manhole covers, gully cleaning, repairing or replacing damaged signs and street lights, and refreshing road markings.


£500k restoration work begins on Derwent riverbank

A £500,000 restoration programme to prevent further erosion of the riverbank on the River Derwent is underway.

The Cumbria County Council project is aimed at securing the land between the river and the A596.

The road began eroding in 2009 when the county was hit by large floods, and has so far lost around 30 feet.

The work will involve placing 3,000 tonnes of limestone over a 100 metre stretch between Northside and Navvies Bridge.

"We must protect the A596 from the threat of further river erosion, which is why we're making this significant investment.

"We've been working hard to deliver a long-term solution that safeguards this important road."

– Keith Little, Cumbria County Council

Motorists are being advised that there may be some disruption on the A596 with one lane temporarily closing at Northside to allow for the unloading of heavy machinery.

The project is expected to take around 12 weeks to complete.

Bus attack in west Cumbria

A female passenger was injured and a bus was damaged after a stone was thrown at a Stagecoach bus on the A596.

Incident happened at 2:30pm on Saturday 9th February between Maryport and Flimby causing £500 worth of damage.

Scene of the bus attack on A596 Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria police are appealing for witnesses who may have seen the attack or who saw two youths in the area at the time.

Witnesses are asked to call 101.

Scene of the bus attack on A596 Credit: ITV Border


A596 crash

Drivers traveling to West Cumbria are facing long delays during this evening's rush hour after the A596 was blocked following a crash.

There's been no reports of serious injuries in the collation between a Ford Transit van and a Ford Mondeo Car near the Indorama factory on one of the main routes from Carlisle.

A596 death, family tribute

Mr Coulson Credit: The Coulson Family

The family of 62 year old Eric Coulson who died in a head on collision on the A596 have paid tribute to him.

A family member said on behalf of his grandchildren:

Our Granda was a truly lovely, kind man who will be missed by all his grandchildren; Polly, Jessica, Ewan, Oliver and Charlie.

His granddaughter Jessica, 18, said:

We would like Eric to be remembered as the kind, bubbly, loving gentleman he was, who always had a smile on his face and always helped others. Many, many people will miss him and we are very grateful for his help, advice and driving skills.

I, myself, appreciate everything he has ever done for me; from changing my nappy to comforting me and, obviously, getting me through my test. He was a huge tower of strength for our family and somehow, somewhere, he still will be, helping us through this hard time. Love always, Granda.”

Rachel Coulson, Eric’s daughter, said:

My dad was a very special man, a true family man who always put us first. He was honest and decent and would not harm a soul.

All the tributes to him on Facebook have been a huge comfort. He has had a harrowing few months but is at peace now. _He will be missed greatly by all that knew him_.”

Mr Coulson, 62, was driving a white Suzuki Swift on the A596 when he collided with a HGV at around 8.54am yesterday, Thursday 29 March. The HGV driver, a 45 year old man from Liverpool, was uninjured.

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