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13 April 2022

A595 Torpenhow junction works update and drop-in-session planned

Cumbria County Council is making improvements to the Greyhound Inn/Torpenhow junction on the A595.

Torpenhow Junction is part of the much broader A595 strategic improvement project at Bothel, which has been a priority scheme for both the A595 and wider county highway network.

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (CLEP) has prioritised the construction of the first phase of the Torpenhow junction, providing £5million of funding from its ‘Getting Building Fund’ to ensure that this important road scheme could move forward.

The county council has appointed Story Contracting to design and build the Torpenhow junction, and as part of this project, its right-hand turning lanes into School Lane and Torpenhow Road will be redesigned. The road leading to Torpenhow will be realigned with a new section of road to create a staggered junction.

The existing road to Torpenhow will be retained to create a safe route for active travel and for land access if needed. 

Vehicle barriers will be placed at either end of the road closure (not the junction), and the county council propose that vehicles will only be allowed to enter the area for access purposes. In this way, unwanted traffic will be removed from Torpenhow which will be beneficial for the residents of Torpenhow.

For more information about this project, residents are invited to a drop-in event on Wednesday 27 April from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at the Greyhound Inn, Bothel, CA7 2HS.

Angela Jones, Executive Director, Economy and Infrastructure, said:

“The A595 is important for connectivity between Carlisle and West Cumbria, and I am pleased progress is being made with construction work starting soon on improvements to Torpenhow Junction at Bothel.  

“The junction improvement is the first phase of a much broader plan for the A595 with the second phase of work dependent on a funding approval from Government.   More information on the scheme will be shared at the drop-in event, on 27 April, and we hope to see as many locals as possible, at the Greyhound Inn, from 4pm - 7pm."

Steve Cole, Chair of the Cumbria LEP’s Investment Panel said:

 “The LEP recognised the importance of the A595 Bothel and that’s why we agreed that almost half of our Getting Building Fund would be used to support the first phase of this road scheme.

“I am therefore really pleased to see that good progress is being made on Torpenhow Junction, which will move forward our ambition to deliver far better connectivity between West and North Cumbria and improve journey times for businesses and provide better access to jobs and education.”

For more details of this scheme, please visit A595 Bothel Strategic Improvement | Cumbria County Council (hyperlink)

Cumbria County Council is making improvements to the Greyhound Inn/Torpenhow junction on the A595.