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11 October 2022

A595 Grizebeck improvement scheme given the green light

Cumbria County Council welcomes the approval of planning permission for the improvement works on the A595 at Grizebeck.

This is a significant milestone for the scheme, meaning that it is one step closer to the delivery of the project, which will start on site next year.

The Grizebeck improvement scheme is a 1.4km single carriageway road between Chapels and Grizebeck on the A595, north of Barrow. The route runs to the east of the existing A595, passing properties at Dove Bank and Dove Ford before crossing the existing A595 and creating a new junction with the A595/A5092 to the west of the existing junction.

Planning was submitted to both Cumbria County Council and the Lake District National Park Authority Planning Committees, with both now granting permission and giving the go ahead for the scheme.

The county council also announces that Story Contracting Limited has been appointed to complete the detailed design stage of the two-stage design and build contract with WSP as the design partner.

The project will boost Cumbrian economic growth by reducing journey times on the A595, especially when the road is used as a diversion route if the A590 is closed between Dalton and Greenodd. In addition, road safety will be benefit by reducing the number and severity of collisions on the A595 and making it more convenient for freight traffic to access existing and proposed major developments.

Cllr Keith Little, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for Highways and Transport, said:

“It is excellent that planning permission has been granted, as it will improve the highway network along the A595, which is essential for the economic development of south and west Cumbria.

“Besides improving journey times and boosting our economy, Grizebeck improvements will also create a safer road from Barrow to West Cumbria

“This is the next key milestone for delivery of the scheme, and I would like to thank all the residents and businesses for their continued support.”

Alyson Armett, Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (CLEP) Board Member with responsibility for Transport and Infrastructure, said:

“Cumbria LEP was delighted to support the proposed works to improve the A595 at Grizebeck with £2.244 million of Growth Deal funding. The route is a key component of the county’s transport infrastructure and its upgrade will provide a welcome boost to our efforts to help grow Cumbria’s economy and secure new investment opportunities.

“We will continue to work with regional leaders, local communities, elected officials, MPs and businesses to make major improvements to our transport infrastructure that will help Cumbria to deliver on its growth ambitions.”

For more information about this project please visit A595 Grizebeck Improvement | Cumbria County Council

Overview of map for scheme

Looking North over the scheme at the new over bridge connecting the Dove Bank properties to Grizebeck

Image of Chapels area, showing additional attenuation basin area, at the bottom left of the image, which will help to prevent flooding down stream of chapels.  It will allow for further flood mitigation work upstream of Chapels subject to detail assessment by lead Local Flood Authority

Cumbria County Council welcomes the approval of planning permission for the improvement works on the A595 at Grizebeck.