A590 Daltongate, Ulverston

A major junction improvement scheme on key Cumbria arterial route
Cumbria County Council
Daltongate, Ulverston
September 2017
44 Weeks


The A590 Daltongate project demonstrates EWCE’s ability to exceed expectations when undertaking a multidisciplinary project, involving a substantial quantity of engineered earthworks. It also involved a split of both off-highway road construction and on-highway junction improvement works.

EWCE were appointed Principal Contractor by the client to reconstruct a section of the A590 , creating a new junction and access road to a new Blue Light Hub housing the local branches of the police, fire brigade and ambulance services in one building, the first of its kind in the county.

The scope of the works undertaken to construct the new Daltongate junction at Lightburn Road, just outside Ulverston included: new ducting for traffic signal and street lighting systems, foul and surface water drainage including large diameter attenuation pipework and Versavoid attenuation tank, new footways, kerbs, surfacing, lining and anti-skid marking.

The scheme included a large cut/fill earthworks operation on existing pasture land. EWCE stripped away more than 9000m3 of soil and imported almost 2500m3 of stone to level out the site to form the platform for the hub building works.

Key Challenges

The A590 is a major trunk road providing access to Western Cumbria from the M6. EWCE designed and implemented robust traffic management plans to minimise the disruption to local traffic and the impact to the operations of large employers in the area including BAE Systems and Glaxo Smith Kline.

Installation of foul drainage connection under the A590 via trenchless excavation.

Ongoing development works by others to construct the Blue Light Hub during EWCE works.

Significant stakeholder involvement with developers, land agents, land owners, third parties, adjacent businesses, Council representatives, United Utilities & other STATS providers, Highways England.

Key design changes and phasing alterations to maintain a clear thoroughfare on a key trunk road.

Added Value

The project delivery team demonstrated its flexibility and was able to plan, manage and deliver additional works commissioned by the client during the programme of works whilst maintaining the original programme timescales.

EWCE has developed trenchless excavation proposals with the client for the installation of a foul drainage connection under the A590, works to be completed in 2018.

Client Feedback

“This road junction improvement is vital for Ulverston and will open up employment land and help bring new development and jobs to the town.”
Cllr Keith Little
Council Cabinet Member for Highways

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