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14 June 2021

Have your say on A595 Grizebeck Road Improvement Scheme

Local residents, businesses and users of the A595 are being invited to have their say on the latest proposals to improve the A595 at Grizebeck.

Cumbria County Council is launching a public consultation to seek people’s views on the A595 Grizebeck road improvement scheme, which will improve journey times, boost Cumbria’s economy and create a safer and more resilient road between Barrow and West Cumbria.

A planning application is due to be submitted this summer, with construction work scheduled to start in 2022 and the new road open in early 2024.

The consultation opens today (Monday 14 June) for four weeks, closing on Sunday 11 July 2021.

The £15m Grizebeck improvement scheme is a 1km single carriageway road between Chapels and Grizebeck on the A595. The route runs to the east of the existing A595, past 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.

Key stakeholders and the public are invited to attend free virtual events during which, there will be the opportunity to provide feedback on the latest designs, as well as ask the project team any specific questions relating to the proposals. 

 

Virtual public events will be held online on:

  • Wednesday 23 June, from 2pm to 3.30pm
  • Wednesday 30 June, from 6pm to 7.30pm
  • Saturday 3 July, from 1pm to 2.30pm

Details on how to join these free online events can be found on the project website: https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/a595grizebeck/

Subject to COVID-19 restrictions which may be operating at the time, the County Council hopes to be able to hold a face-to-face public event at Grizebeck Village Hall on Wednesday 7 July from 12 noon to 6pm. This will be confirmed and communicated nearer the time.

People can give their feedback by going online at cumbria.gov.uk/a595grizebeck. Printed feedback forms have also been distributed to local residents and can be returned free of charge to: FREEPOST CUMBRIA COUNTY COUNCIL by Sunday 11 July.

Feedback received will be reviewed and changes made to the scheme where possible before the planning application is submitted.

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

“Improving the highway network on the A595 has been identified as critical to support economic growth and the movement of goods and people between South and West Cumbria.

“The Grizebeck scheme will not only improve journey times and boost the county’s economy but will also create a safer road from Barrow to West Cumbria.

“This consultation shows the full extent of the scheme on a fly through video and on plans with computer generated images to really bring it to life. I’d strongly encourage people to take the time to get involved, read the consultation document, look at all the information and give us your feedback - it’s important that local people have their say, so we can develop the best possible scheme.”

The improvement scheme will cost £15m. Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership is contributing £2.24m towards the scheme with the remainder £12.76m funded by the DfT through their Major Roads Network funding.

Steve Curl, board member for transport and infrastructure at the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, added:

“It is excellent to see that the project has now progressed to the consultation stage. These virtual events offer an opportunity for local people to give their thoughts on the scheme and make sure that it meets their needs. I am confident that with everybody’s input the new stretch of road and junctions will deliver much-needed improvements and help to avoid serious delays and accidents. This investment will significantly improve journey times, increase safety and help unlock economic and business investments.”


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Local residents, businesses and users of the A595 are being invited to have their say on the latest proposals to improve the A595 at Grizebeck.