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24 March 2022

New cycle paths for Barrow - first of their kind in Cumbria!

Cumbria County Council in partnership with Barrow Borough Council have developed a Local Cycling Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) for Barrow, with the Active Travel Fund providing the first funding investment to start delivering the plan.

The first project confirmed will be to build two new direct cycle paths along Bridge Road and Michaelson Road. The cycle paths will be the first of their kind in Cumbria, with innovative light segregation that will improve cyclist safety and improve pedestrian safety, with an additional crossing and improvements to existing crossings.  Both will be designed according to the Department for Transport's guidelines.

A successful application to the Department for Transport, resulted in the county council being awarded £886,000 funding in November 2020, allowing the Bridge Road and Michaelson Road cycle paths to be the first projects to come to fruition. More Local Cycling Walking improvements will be developed this year thanks to the successful funding of the #BrilliantBarrow Town Deal regeneration bid.

The council has appointed local firm, Story Contracting Ltd to complete the construction of the new cycle paths, with work expected to begin on Monday 4 April and be completed by the end of August 2022.

The project will be completed under temporary roadworks along the route of Bridge Road and Michaelson Road, so that journeys can continue with little disruption. To enable installation of the cycle paths, existing roadside spaces will be removed.

There will be information boards along the route explaining the project in more detail, or people can visit the cycling and walking pages on the cycling and walking pages on the Cumbia County Council website (hyperlink) to keep up to date.

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

“This is an exciting time for the people of Barrow. It’s the county council’s ambition to get more people out cycling and walking for leisure and for everyday short journeys. This not only benefits our health and wellbeing, but also the environment in terms of air quality and a reduction in our carbon emissions.

“The new cycle paths on Bridge Road and Michaelson Road will provide a safe route which we know is vital to encourage more people to choose cycling to get about town.”

Alan Boyle, Construction Director at Story Contracting, said:

“We are proud to have been appointed to work with Cumbria County Council to complete the construction of the new cycle paths, which will help bring additional safety and accessibility to the town’s cyclists.”

“We look forward to working with our key supply chain to deliver this project to support the council in their promotion of health and wellbeing in Barrow, whilst also reducing carbon emissions by promoting more sustainable travel in the town.”


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Cumbria County Council in partnership with Barrow Borough Council have developed a Local Cycling Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) for Barrow, with the Active Travel Fund providing the first funding investment to start delivering the plan.