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23 February 2022

Have your say - only a few days left!

Cumbria County Council invites people to share their views and thoughts on how cycling and walking can be improved in Penrith, Whitehaven and Workington.

The county council reminds people that the consultation is open until Friday 25 February, and this is a second round of consultation that seeks additional views on the improvements that are needed to make everyone feel comfortable walking or cycling to work, school, to community hubs and other areas in their town. 

Cumbria County Council, Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (CLEP) and Cumbria's six district councils are working together to improve cycling and walking infrastructure as part of Local Cycling & Walking Infrastructure Plans (LCWIPs). Having the plans in place, with local support, will allow the council to approach the government more effectively when it comes time to apply for funding for infrastructure improvements.

The consultation results from the first round of consultation in May 2021 can be viewed at Cumbria County Council cycling and walking information (hyperlink).

In Penrith, proposals include:

  • Aiming to get more people cycling and walking, for short journeys, initially focusing on the urban areas of Penrith where there is the greatest potential for change.
  • Better connections to and from the town centre and to the railway station.
  • Improving longer distance connections into Penrith from outlying villages such as Plumpton, Eamont Bridge and Stainton are also included.

In Whitehaven, proposals include:

  • Aiming to get more people cycling and walking, for short journeys, initially focusing on the urban areas of Whitehaven where there is the greatest potential for change.
  • Creating connections between residential areas in Whitehaven to key destinations such as Westlake’s Science and Technology Park, as well as education facilities at Whitehaven Academy and nearby schools.
  • Improving longer distance connections for outlying areas, such as Distington and St Bees.

In Workington, proposals include:

  • Aiming to get more people cycling and walking, for short journeys, initially focusing on the urban areas of Workington where there is the greatest potential for change.
  • Better connections between the town centre, railway station, Workington Academy and Lakes Colleges West Cumbria.
  • Better long-distance connections into Whitehaven from Flimby, Seaton, Distington and the Lillyhall Industrial Estate.
  • Improved access to green spaces and the coast, providing leisure-based route options around the edge of Workington.

There is a drop-in session arranged for people living in and around Whitehaven, where Cumbria County Council staff will be on hand to answer questions about the consultation:

·          Whitehaven: - Thursday 24 February between 2.00pm and 5.00pm at Whitehaven Library, Lowther Street, Whitehaven CA28 7QZ.

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

“We are conducting this second round of consultation in order to identify and prioritise improvements that will help everyone feel confident walking or cycling”

 “All feedback will be helpful in assisting the funding applications, which, if successful, will increase active travel in Cumbria, reduce car travel, and shape the future of walking and cycling. When requesting funding from the Department for Transport, it is very important to demonstrate local support for the improvements."


“We need the public’s help to develop and improve the cycling and walking routes in Workington, Whitehaven, and Penrith. I would like to encourage residents and business owners, to complete the online survey by Friday 25 February.”

“The online survey can be found at Cumbria County Council cycling and walking information (hyperlink).

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Cumbria County Council invites people to share their views and thoughts on how cycling and walking can be improved in Penrith, Whitehaven and Workington.