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£102m for Carlisle's new bypass and 10,000 homes

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£102m of funding has been released by the government to create a new link road and 10,000 new homes at St Cuthbert's Garden Village.

The remaining £10m will be provided by Cumbria County Council and Carlisle City Council.

The link road will connect the south of Carlisle at the A595 to the M6.

The Village is receiving £300,000 from the Government to help Carlisle City Council's ambition to deliver 10,000 homes.

"There is no mission more important that making the housing market work and our £102m funding package will unlock up to 10,000 new homes in Cumbria, supporting local communities who are eager to build.

"By providing more money to housing associations to spend in the areas where it is most needed and investing in infrastructure, we are giving developers the tools they need to get building.

"This funding package is part of our comprehensive plans to deliver 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s."

– Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, The Communities Secretary

"This is a hugely significant announcement for Carlisle and North Cumbria which demonstrates the long-term vision for the Northern Powerhouse and Borderlands.

"The investment announced today will pave the way for thousands of new homes, improve access to the region from England and Scotland, and give businesses the confidence to invest in the area."

– John Stevenson MP, Carlisle

The county council worked with Carlisle City Council and Homes England to develop the proposals following the consultation exercise which resulted in the preferred ‘green route’ being announced in June last year.

The green route was named the preferred option last year. Credit: ITV Border

“I’m absolutely delighted that government have awarded us the funds to deliver the Carlisle Southern Link Road. We’ve been clear from the very beginning of this process that this strategic road will provide significant benefits for Carlisle and the whole county, helping unlock both housing and economic growth.

“Thanks must go to the teams who worked so hard on the business case submission to secure this funding as we were up against councils from across the country who were also doing all they could to promote their schemes and win the government over. It’s hugely satisfying to see that the government also see the benefits that this road will have for the people of Cumbria.”

– Keith Little, Cumbria County Council

A spokesman from Pirelli in Carlisle has told ITV Border :

“A Southern Road would be an enormous benefit to Pirelli, our employees, suppliers and other local businesses for the following reasons;

  1. Considerably shorter and faster route to/from M6 for all raw materials and finished goods

  2. Reduced emissions and carbon footprint

  3. Reduced transport costs

  4. Reduced volume of vehicles travelling down Dalston Road towards city centre adding to congestion.”

– Spokesman, Pirelli Tyres