Work starts on Barrow link road to the Waterfront

Michael Hunt

Work has started on new road infrastructure to support the development of employment sites in Barrow-in-Furness.

The Phase 2 Link Road, between the A590 North Road and A5087 Hindpool Road, is the final piece of a series of highway improvements which are essential to bring forward the £200m mixed residential, business and leisure development at The Waterfront Barrow-in-Furness.

Work is expected to take around six months to complete.

Phase 2 has been made possible following £3m of investment from the North West Development Agency, £500,000 from Cumbria County Council and a contribution of £100,000 from Barrow Borough Council.

The link road scheme is designed to improve access between the Waterfront and town centre, ease congestion and help traffic flow.

An improved infrastructure is hoped to make the Waterfront site even more appealing for investors resulting in new jobs and a boost to the local and regional economy.

The work is expected to cause little disruption to motorists and residents as the link road is a completely new route. Jute Road, currently used as an access route to a Tesco store, is the only road that will be closed.

Phase 2 is the continuation of Phase 1 improvements carried out in the Cornmill Crossing and Hindpool Road area of Barrow, where resurfacing, new street lights and landscaping were carried out last year.

Following the completion of Phase 2, there will be 280 metres of new road, including a new roundabout, and an area of brownfield land will be transformed into a transport route.

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