A590 campaigners are celebrating a major win after Roads Minister Mike Penning today pledged his support for a roundabout to be built at Greenodd junction on the A590.
In a reversal of the announcement made by the Highways Agency to scrap the plans, the Minister today said that subject to judicial process, the project will go forward as a committed scheme for 2013/14 and pledged £500,000 for the scheme to be drawn up.
The change of heart follows a meeting today between MPs, local councillors and residents, who have consistently campaigned for the roundabout at Greenodd junction as part of a series of measures to improve safety on the A590.
The Minister said he recognised the safety imperative of the proposals given the increasing pressures of residential, business and tourist traffic in the area. The half a million pounds pledged today represents roughly a quarter of the total £2.15 million expected cost of the project.
Mr Penning also said that he would visit the county in August.
Commenting, Tim Farron MP said: “I’m delighted at this result and I want to thank Mike Penning for giving the roundabout at Greenodd his personal support.
"The large roundabout proposal is the only option that will ensure the safety improvements so essential at this crash-prone junction. The decision today to pledge half a million pounds to the project is fantastic news."
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