The Aggregates Division of the UK’s leading natural stone producer, Cumbria-based Burlington, has played a major role in helping deliver a new bypass that has recently been opened in the Lake District National Park not only on time but also on budget.

Constructed on behalf of the Highways Agency by main contractors, Laing O’Rourke, the new 3.8km bypass is situated on the popular A590 trunk road that links communities in South Cumbria with the main M6 motorway. With work having started on the scheme in July 2006, Burlington’s Aggregates Division has supplied a total of 234,053 tonnes of crushed infill stone and over 8,400 tonnes of weathered walling stone.

In addition to the use of local materials from Burlington having a positive impact from an environmental standpoint given that they have been sourced within close proximity to the new A590 bypass, the company’s infill and walling stone is created from quarried material that in the past would have been considered a waste product.

Officially opened only this month by Highways Agency Chief Executive, Archie Robertson before an invited audience of 100, including councillors and senior officials from the local area, the Burlington infill stone was used to replace some 25,000 cubic metres of peat to create a solid foundation on which the new A590 bypass has been built. Translating into 12,000 lorry loads that were transported by L & W Wilson (Endmoor) Limited, the construction saw at its peak some fifteen 40-tonne dump trucks transporting up to 6,000 cubic metres of material along the site each day.

Additionally, a team of skilled stone masons from specialist walling contractors, G H James in Trawsfynydd (Gwynedd) used the Burlington weathered walling stone to create a number of sections of dry stone walling that create the site boundary and for underpasses on the bypass at Oak Head, Barrow’s Green and Cartmel Lane. Whilst being sympathetic to the overall scheme and the surrounding area of the National Park, some eight kilometres of the Burlington dry stone walls help define the bypass through High and Low Newton on the A590, a road that used to carry up to 15,600 vehicles per day before the new dual carriageway trunk road was built.

Commenting on behalf of Burlington, Joint Managing Director, Malcolm Hatch said: “We are obviously delighted to have supplied our infill and walling stone for what is an excellent and valuable civil engineering project within our native Cumbria. It is particularly pleasing to see what used to be a waste product of our quarrying operation being used in such a beneficial and environmentally-friendly way.”

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