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Northside Roundabout

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Northside Roundabout
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Location
Northside, Workington
County
Cumberland
Highway Authority
Cumbria
Junction Type
Roundabout
Roads Joined
A596, A597
Junctions related to the A596
Junctions related to the A597

Northside Roundabout is a 4-arm roundabout between the A596 and A597 located on the northern fringes of Workington, near to the Northside housing estate, from which it takes the name. The junction is the northern terminus of the A597.

The A597 passing over the A596, Northside Roundabout in the background

From here, the A596 heads north towards Maryport and Carlisle, and also heads east for a short time, before continuing south to Lillyhall and Whitehaven. The A597 heads south from this junction, though leaves the roundabout in a NE direction, before looping back over the A596 and crossing the River Derwent via Northside Bridge, before continuing towards Workington town centre. An unclassified road heads west into the Port of Workington.


History

In 1922, upon the classification of roads, the site of Northside Roundabout was home to a staggered crossroads, where the A596 was the through route, with an unclassified road heading west into the Port of Workington, while the B5298 followed the route of the present A597 over Northside Bridge.

By the 1970s, the staggered crossroads were upgraded to a large crossroads with separate lanes for traffic making any left turns. The upgrade came after some adjacent houses were demolished, creating more space for the junction to occupy.

The year 1988 saw the construction of a bypass around the western fringe of Workington. As part of these works, the B5298 was renumbered as part of the A597, which then terminated at the Northside junction.

In September 2002, the Northside junction was upgraded to a roundabout in order to allow easier access to the port and reduce the number of accidents at the junction.

The junction was formerly under the management of the Highways Agency, but was passed over to Cumbria County Council when the A596 was detrunked in 2003.

Routes

Route To Notes

A596

Carlisle (A595), Mayport, Flimby, Siddick

A596

Whitehaven (A595), Lillyhall, Keswick (A66)

A597

Town Centre, Derwent Howe, Clay Flatts, Salterbeck
Port of Workington, Lifeboat Station

B5298

Town Centre


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