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18 November 2021

Enabling works start for Carlisle Southern Link Road

The multi-million-pound Carlisle Southern Link Road project has reached another key milestone with enabling works due to start on site from next week.

In October 2020, the planning application was approved for Carlisle Southern Link Road (CSLR) which will connect Junction 42 of the M6 with the A595 at Newby West.

Following a period of detailed design and surveys, the enabling works for the scheme will commence next week and will include the construction of two site compounds at Newby West and near to M6 Junction 42. These will provide welfare facilities as well as areas to process materials arising from the vegetation clearance, relocation of hedges, ecological protection works and surveys. 

In early Spring, the construction of essential site access will commence, including access roads to the west of the River Caldew and borehole installation for long-term groundwater monitoring.

Cumbria County Councillor Keith Little, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport said, “This is an exciting step for the scheme as the link road will vastly improve east to west connectivity as well as unlocking the delivery of St Cuthbert’s Garden Village, a Carlisle City Council scheme, which aims to deliver 10,000 new homes, infrastructure and employment to Carlisle and the wider county.”

Mark Conway, specialist operations director for Morgan Sindall Infrastructure said “We are delighted to be working with the council on this essential project for Carlisle. We are committed to having a positive impact on the communities we work in and will be working closely with those in the local area to minimise disruption during the enabling works. We are collaborating with local businesses including Story Contracting, Wardell Armstrong and Capita, to support us on this scheme and leave a lasting legacy for the area”.

Last month Cumbria County Council and Carlisle City Council held a joint engagement event at Carlisle Racecourse. The exhibition for the Carlisle Southern Link Road included a range of ideas proposed for artwork and placemaking enhancements at some of the key features along the route. The event was well supported by residents and road users with over 200 attendees. The council would like to thank everyone who attended the event or viewed the proposals online. The feedback received is now being collated and will be used to inform the next stage of design for the road.

To read more about the CSLR please visit the council’s website cumbria.gov.uk/cslr


For more information about St Cuthbert’s Garden Village please visit www.stcuthbertsgv.co.uk

The Housing Infrastructure Fund is administered and monitored by the government’s housing agency, Homes England. The programme is helping to deliver up to 300,000 new homes across England by providing local authorities with grant funding for new infrastructure, to unlock homes in areas of greatest housing demand.

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The multi-million-pound Carlisle Southern Link Road project has reached another key milestone with enabling works due to start on site from next week.