Work starts next week on the Furness Peninsular Blue Light Hub and a road junction improvement on the A590 in Ulverston designed to improve access and pave the way for new jobs and development.
Cumbria County Council has secured £4.6m from the Department for Communities and Local Government for the Blue Light Hub, a combined emergency response centre within the Furness Peninsular. Building work on the new facility, which will link into the new access road, is scheduled to start in March 2017 and is expected to take nine months to complete.
The county council is also delivering the road scheme - which is the second of three junction improvements on the A590 in Ulverston – on behalf of Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, which secured £4.5m from the government’s Local Growth Fund to implement junction improvements at Quebec Street, North Lonsdale Terrace and Lightburn Road/Daltongate. The junction improvement work at Lightburn Road/Daltongate starts on Monday 13 February and will unlock employment land for creation of new development.
The Furness Peninsular Blue Light Hub will include:
A new base for Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service to replace the current facility on The Ellers, Ulverston.
A new base for the North West Ambulance Service, replacing the current facilities on Victoria Road, Ulverston.
Facilities for Cumbria Police
Office accommodation for Cumbria County Council
The Blue Light Hub will provide modern facilities for staff and generate efficiency savings by bringing the emergency services together under one roof. It will also create more opportunities for collaborative working between the emergency services.
The county council, alongside colleagues from Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service, are working in partnership with the North West Ambulance Service and Cumbria Police to deliver the project.
Councillor Barry Doughty, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for Fire and Rescue, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that work is starting on this exciting new emergency response centre for the Furness Peninsular. Our blue light services already have a strong working relationship but this new facility will allow for even closer collaboration between emergency services in the area and provide for more effective and efficient operations across the whole Furness Peninsular.”
Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner Peter McCall said: “The start of work on the hub project marks an important step in the direction of increased ‘Blue Light’ collaboration, and I welcome this development. I am a great believer in the need to work with our partners to improve the service we deliver to our communities. With an increasing demand for some of our services, coupled with the current and expected restrictions on funding, collaboration provides opportunities to truly innovate and save money.”
Sergeant Rupert Johnston of Cumbria Police said: “This multi-service hub is an exciting development for Ulverston and the surrounding area. The force will continue to work closely with the other partners as the process continues and its completion will lead to closer working relationships between the core emergency services.”
Peer Mulcahy, Head of Emergency Services in Cumbria and Lancashire for North West Ambulance Service (NWAS), said: “The Trust welcomes the idea of the new ‘Blue Light Hub’ and is currently in discussions around the final arrangements. We have been working closely with the other services involved to put plans in place which will ensure that people in the local community continue to receive high quality care. This exciting opportunity will not only bring blue light and partner services together, it will provide an improved working environment for our staff and deliver huge savings to the public purse.”
The A590 junction improvement work at Lightburn Road/Daltongate starts on Monday 13 February and is expected to last for about seven months.
The scheme will provide a new access road opening up employment land south of the A590 opposite the junction with Daltongate, which is allocated in the South Lakeland Local Plan. The new access road will form a fourth arm to the existing A590 and Daltongate junction and will be controlled by traffic lights.
Advance warning signs are in place on site and local residents and businesses are being informed of the works. A lane closure and a turning ban (no right turn from Daltongate on to A590) will be required to safely undertake the works and therefore some disruption will be inevitable. No temporary traffic lights are required for the first several months of the project helping to keep disruption to a minimum.
Cumbria County Council and Highways England, which is responsible for the A590 trunk road, are working together to minimise disruption to road users’ journeys by coordinating the junction improvement works at Daltongate, Quebec Street and the Highways England works at Lindal-in-Furness.
Councillor Keith Little, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for Highways, said: “This road junction improvement scheme is vital for Ulverston and will open up employment land and help bring new development and jobs to the town.”
Graham Haywood, Director of Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “It’s good to see this important piece of transport infrastructure progressing with the second stage at Daltongate. Road improvements like this are crucial in keeping the county’s arterial routes through and between key business and employment hubs fit for purpose. The A590 is of major importance to employers like GSK Ulverston and BAE Systems. It’s also a key contributor to ensure better strategic connectivity to the M6 corridor, attract new investment and support business growth.”
The Local Growth Deal provides investment to support economic growth and is managed by Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), a private-sector led partnership between authorities and businesses.The three junction improvements in Ulverston will aid future development leading to the creation of around 540 jobs and £26m GVA.
Pictures of a sod cutting ceremony which took place today on the site for the Blue Light Hub in Ulverston are available from the links below. Pictured is Cllr Barry Doughty, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for Fire and Rescue, cutting the turf to mark the start of work on the hub. With him are representatives of the county council, Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service, Cumbria Police and North West Ambulance Service.